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  • In accordance with Saxon custom and Edwards will, the Witenagemot had Harold Godwinson crowned King.

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  • In the meantime England herself was developing with the advance of civilization, increase of population, and the adjustment to changing conditions of the political principle of free government as exemplified in the primitive Witenagemot and the Folk moot of the ancient Saxons, where the free men used to signify their assent to proposed laws and rules by clashing their swords upon their shields.

    The Empire of Mankind

  • Through the eight centuries from the first landing of the Saxons in the Thames to the coming of this first Tudor King, the struggle of the people to re-assert and maintain their original right of participation in their own government was unrelenting and the ancient Witenagemot of the seventh century was the beginning of the democratic parliaments of the Commonwealth today.

    The Empire of Mankind

  • Witenagemot, meeting in London offered the throne to William.

    Early European History

  • Edward the Confessor having left no direct heirs, the choice of his successor fell lawfully upon the Witenagemot, [21] as the national assembly of noblemen and higher clergy was called.

    Early European History

  • The Witenagemot did not disappear after the Norman

    Early European History

  • The sovereign assemblies of Greece -- the Ecclesia of Athens, and the Apella of Sparta -- the Comitia Centuriata of Rome, have no more resemblance to democracy in the twentieth century than the Witenagemot has to the British

    The Rise of the Democracy

  • As for the early English Witenagemot, it was simply an assembly of the chiefs, and, though crowds sometimes attended, all but the great men were the merest spectators.

    The Rise of the Democracy

  • [1] We cannot be sure about the constitution of the Witenagemot.

    The Rise of the Democracy

  • At the great festival of Christmas the meetings of the Witenagemot were held, as well as at Easter and

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries


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  • Circled in DFW's dictionary.

    March 13, 2010