- the supposed confederacy of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms
- the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England before the 9th cent.
Origin of Heptarchyhept(a)- + -archy
- a. Government by seven persons.b. A state governed by seven persons.
- often Heptarchy The informal confederation of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms from the fifth to the ninth century, consisting of Kent, Sussex, Wessex, Essex, Northumbria, East Anglia, and Mercia.
hepta- + -archy