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Witenagmot or Witan
he Witenagmot was a council of Anglo-Saxon high ranking people brought together to assist in the running of the country alongside the Anglo-Saxon kings of England. The council members included bishops, ealdorman and thanes, high ranking Anglo-Saxons. The council is also known as the Witan.
Edmund II became king at the death of his father Aethelred II in London. The people of London chose prince Edmund as king but it was short lived as the Southampton Witan chose Canute, who then invaded England.
Aelfgar, earl of Mercia was outlawed by the witan. In revenge he built a force and allied himself with Welsh Gruffydd ap Llywelyn. After defeating the King's nephew, Radulf, they attacked Hereford and raided the church killing several canons and taking everything of value leaving the building on fire. The rebels also attacked Leominster.
Selection of references used:
1. Timbs & Gunn, Abbeys, Castles & Ancient Halls of England & Wales