Hengist and Horsa


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Hengist and Horsa

(hĕng`gĭst, hôr`sə), names of two brothers who, according to tradition, led the Jutish invasion of Britain and founded the kingdom of KentKent, kingdom of,
one of the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England. It was settled in the mid-5th cent. by aggressive bands of people called Jutes (see Anglo-Saxons). Historians are in dispute over the authenticity of the traditional belief that Hengist and Horsa landed in 449 to
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. Hengist would more properly be written Hengest. They are said to have been invited by VortigernVortigern
, 5th cent., tribal king of Britons in Wales and S England. Tradition transmitted by Bede says that Vortigern invited the Germanic leaders Hengist and Horsa to Kent to help withstand the Picts and Scots. Later he quarreled and fought with Hengist and Horsa.
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 in 449 to help the Britons defend themselves against the Picts and Scots to the north, to have settled in Kent, and to have fought a battle with Vortigern, in which Horsa was killed (c.455). The names may all be mythical, but historians generally agree that in the 5th cent. a Jutish chief and his retinue did arrive in Kent, did serve a British king, and did revolt, and that various battles prepared the way for the later settlement of Kent by the Jutes.
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50 YEARS AGO:Thirty thousand people on the cliff tops, beach chalet roofs and sands at Broadstairs, Kent, yesterday watched the Danes celebrate the 1,500 anniversary of the landing of Hengist and Horsa at Thanet, which was marked by the arrival of the Viking ship Hugin, escorted by destroyers.