WELLS, a city, having separate jurisdiction, locally in the hundred of Wells- Forum, County of Somerset." Thus runs a description of this place, and is a fair sample of most cities. We think a little explanation anent "the hundred" may possibly make that term more clear of understanding, and may not be amiss.
The description, short as it is, has quite a condensed history of its own, but only conveys a hazy idea of the status of the city.
In the days of heathenism, it must be remembered that England was partitioned into several kingdoms, the size of which was regulated by the might of their respective kings. Each tribe, or kingdom, was ruled by a tribal chief, or folk king. He was chosen by the tribe, and the kingship became in time practically hereditary. To maintain his power he had to respect and keep the customs of his people. Without their consent he
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Publication information: Book title: Cathedral Cities of England. Contributors: George Gilbert - Author. Publisher: Dodd Mead. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1905. Page number: 102.
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