Chapter 3, Origin and Powers of the Witenagemot

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National and Domestic History of England, Magna Charta, writen by W.H.S. Aubrey in 1869.

Book 2, Chapter 3, 827 AD to 857 AD – The Witenagemot

 Reference has been made, incidentally, to the Witenagemot, and it is necessary to explain the nature and origin of that assembly, so far as the latter is known. The literal meaning of the word is, “the meeting of the witan,” or “the knowing.” It may be presumed to have grown out of the exigencies of the several bands of Saxons in their predatory excursions, the chief, or king, seeking the counsel of the wise and Read More >>>

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