Vortigern


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Vortigern

(vôr`tĭgərn), 5th cent., tribal king of Britons in Wales and S England. Tradition transmitted by Bede says that Vortigern invited the Germanic leaders Hengist and HorsaHengist and Horsa
, names of two brothers who, according to tradition, led the Jutish invasion of Britain and founded the kingdom of Kent. Hengist would more properly be written Hengest.
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 to Kent to help withstand the Picts and Scots. Later he quarreled and fought with Hengist and Horsa.
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He tells how a British king (to whom later tradition assigns the name Vortigern) invited in the Anglo-Saxons as allies against the troublesome northern Scots and Picts, and how the Anglo-Saxons, victorious against these tribes, soon turned in furious conquest against the Britons themselves, until, under a certain Ambrosius Aurelianus, a man 'of Roman race,' the Britons successfully defended themselves and at last in the battle of Mount Badon checked the Saxon advance.
It supplies the names of the earliest Saxon leaders, Hengist and Horsa (who also figure in the 'Anglo-Saxon Chronicle'), and narrates at length their treacherous dealings with Vortigern. Among other stories we find that of Vortigern's tower, where Gildas' Ambrosius appears as a boy of supernatural nature, destined to develop in the romances into the great magician Merlin.
By my faith, I could pardon the unhappy Vortigern, had he half the cause that we now witness, for making shipwreck of his honour and his kingdom.''
Hollywood stars Jude Law, who plays Vortigern, Charlie Hunnam (King Arthur), Eric Bana (Uther Pendragon) star in the movie Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.
This is where the fifth century Gwrtheyrn - or Vortigern - took refuge from his own people after handing over parts of Britain to the Anglo-Saxons.
As the Romans left and the Saxons arrived at the invitation of Vortigern, the High King of Britain, to fight the northern tribes of Scotland as they raided England, he was also aware of how the British tried to stop the subsequent invasion of the Angles, Saxons, an Jutes into southern Britain about 410AD to 550AD.
Hollywood stars Jude Law, who plays Vortigern, Charlie Hunnam (Arthur) and Eric Bana (Uther Pendragon) were among the celebrities filming in the area.
When the Celtic king Vortigern attempted to build a castle on the hill, the stones and walls were repeatedly shaken to the ground.
The Medieval epic stars Jude Law as Vortigern, Charlie Hunnam (King Arthur) and Eric Bana (Uther Pendragon).
Other stars filming in the area include Jude Law, who will play the villain Vortigern, and Eric Bana, as Arthur's father Uther Pendragon.