In the middle ages, or in fiction, when the king holds a ceremony of sorts to meet with commoners and disscuss their issues one by one, is there a word for that, or a common name that could be assosiated with this "meeting". Or can anyone think of anything that would sound good?

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    Look up definitions and synonyms of council, assembly and symposium.
    – vickyace
    Commented Apr 17, 2017 at 11:27
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    Also look up "petition"--they have petitioned the king, as I recall, and he is seeing those he has agreed to see.
    – Xanne
    Commented Apr 17, 2017 at 22:28

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Audience (MWD)

a formal hearing or interview an audience with the pope


In the middle ages, or in fiction, when the king holds a ceremony of sorts to meet with commoners...

I stand to be corrected, but I can't think of a time when this happened. Why would a king do such a thing when the peasants were his possessions? He wasn't looking for votes or popularity. As a consequence, there is probably no word for it.

That said, there was a thing called a moot:


1.a. A meeting, an assembly of people, esp. one for judicial or legislative purposes. Also: a place where a meeting is held. [Chiefly associated with organs of national and local administration from the Anglo-Saxon to the early modern period (cf. gemot n., witenagemot n.).]

c1175 (▸OE) Ælfric Homily (Bodl. 343) in S. Irvine Old Eng. Homilies (1993) 37 Heofene rice is ilic ane kynge, he ðe hæfde mot wið his men.

but the lower orders would certainly not be there.

  • Perhaps it's only in fairy-tales (or certainly the "Arabian Nights") but I've read numerous stories where the hard-done-by peasant was able to approach the monarch and request justice (presumably because there wasn't any meaningful judicial system at the time). Not an "assembly" but rather one-on-one.
    – equin0x80
    Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 5:08
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    @equin0x80 The problem is that as this never happened in real life in England, there is no English word for it. In fiction, the situation is always described in a clause or two - there is no word.
    – Greybeard
    Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 14:59

An address. The king addresses his subjects?

address noun [C] (SPEECH) a formal speech

address verb [T] (SPEAK TO) C2 formal to speak or write to someone

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    Nice answer! Could you maybe add a definition and link the dictionary you got it from, and also explain why that's a good word for this? Commented Mar 28, 2023 at 23:07

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