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Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms of England

Can you name the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England during the Dark Ages - known collectively as the Heptarchy?
According to historical tradition, not modern scholarship
Quiz by MCRJON
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Last updated: September 5, 2016
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First submittedApril 10, 2013
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Kingdom
East Anglia
Essex
Kent
Mercia
Kingdom
Northumbria
Sussex
Wessex
26 Comments
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Level 58
Dec 22, 2013
The heptarchy as described here is an oversimplification. There were other kingdoms at times, like Lindsey and Surrey, and not all of these were in existence all the time either.
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Level 81
Dec 29, 2016
Doesn't hepta mean seven? How could a Heptarchy have more than seven?
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Level 66
Dec 29, 2016
Well these were the seven major kingdoms, there were smaller independent realms that existed at various points during the heptarchy.
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Level 58
Mar 10, 2023
The name Heptarchy was coined in the 12th century by Henry of Huntingdon, long after the so-called Heptarchy was a thing. He oversimplified the situation. At no point in Anglo-Saxon history was there just seven polities that we might call kingdoms.
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Level 77
May 24, 2016
Great one :)
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Level 93
Sep 6, 2016
map?
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Level 60
Sep 6, 2016
No map
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Level 79
Sep 9, 2016
Please do not add a map. It's already pretty easy.
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Level 70
May 27, 2019
well I had no idea what was even being asked, Once wessex was right, I ended up getting 4. (first tried wales etc, then hibernnia, anglia, cumbria and all sorts of latin names for the region, names of clans like the picts. I really didnt know what you/I was looking for)
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Level 67
May 30, 2019
Easy if you knew this sort of thing existed. I didn't, yet still figured out four.
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Level 56
Apr 28, 2024
No it isn't
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Level 63
Oct 19, 2016
I missed Northumbria because I kept trying Northumberland. I can be stupid
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Level 63
Dec 29, 2016
Thanks to "Vikings" it was easier to rembember most of these.
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Level 56
Dec 29, 2016
Thanks to real vikings, these no longer exist.
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Level 86
Feb 5, 2019
I really hope there was a time in history where some combination of Essex, Wessex, and Sussex went to war, and that historians refer to this as "The Battle of the Sexes."
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Level 53
May 27, 2019
Thanks to Vikings and wessex the last kingdom (or something, a spin off from vikings) i remembered everyone of them
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Level 81
May 28, 2019
The 7 Kingdoms of Westeros.
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Level 26
May 28, 2019
Nice quiz overall.
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Level 16
Mar 10, 2020
I got all of them right with 00:01 remaining!
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Level 61
Mar 25, 2020
This quiz is fun, but you give way too much time. Maybe shorten it to a minute or 45 seconds?
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Level 74
Feb 15, 2022
I forgot Sussex. Now, thanks to Among Us, I will not forget again.
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Level 71
Aug 5, 2022
Greetings from Mercia, dominion of King Offa, builder of the Dyke
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Level 61
Feb 13, 2023
I only typed Kent with a C? Maybe make it count as well :).
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Level 58
Mar 10, 2023
Did it really not cross you mind that as Cent wasn't accepted, you could try it with a K? This site is amazing with the spoonfeeding people insist on!
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Level 56
Apr 18, 2023
That was a bit unnecessarily rude.
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Level 47
Jun 15, 2024
Yes, and? -Ariana Grande