Vortigern was the king of the Britons at the time of the arrival of the Saxons under Hengest and Horsa. The records do not agree as to the date of the arrival of these chieftains or the motives which led them to come to Britain. It seems clear, however, that Vortigern made use of them to protect his kingdom against the Picts and Scots, and rewarded them for their services with a grant of land. Later we find the Britons at war with the new-comers, now established in Kent, and four battles are fought, in the last of which, the king's son Vortemir, their leading opponent, is slain. The Historia Brittonum is our only authority for the marriage of Vortigern with the daughter of Hengest before the war. It also records the massacre of the British nobles after the death of Vortemir and the subsequent grant of Essex and Sussex to the invaders by Vortigern.
—derived from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
|Anglo-Saxons in||Alfred the Great by Jacob Abbott|
|Story of Vortigern in||Stories from English History by Alfred J. Church|
|Coming of the English in||The Story of England by Samuel B. Harding|
|Vortigern and King Constans in||Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall|
Rowena came into the room carrying a beautiful golden cup.
in Our Island Story
|Two Jute princes were invited to Britain in order to help fight the Picts.|
|Rowena||Daugher of Hengist who marries Vortigern.|
|Vortemer||Son of Vortigern who tried to reclaim Kent for the Britons.|