underking

underking

(ˈʌndəˌkɪŋ)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a ruler subordinate to a king
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She unpacks AElfric's explanation of the term "underking" in homily I as praise for a policy of delegating authority by the king, a policy which was practiced by AElfric's idea of a model king, Edgar, but was not sufficiently practiced by the king of the time, AEthelred Unraed.