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The Witanagemot

The word 'Witangemot' is an old anglo-saxon word, meaning "the meeting of wise men" ,  which was a kind of committee made up of the most important people in the country.

It is also spelled as "Witanagemot" in this website, sounds like "wit and age mot", "mot" means meet, that's exactly the meaning of "A meeting of  wise and old men".

When there was witanagemot, England was a long way from having an elected government as we have today, but the witangemot was more than most countries had at this time.

Each village in England had a village meeting or "moot" to discuss village matters and anything they could not deal with could be taken up through other, higher-level, meetings until it might just end up being discussed by the witangemot, which then advised the king.

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