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Vortigern "Vorteneu" (the thin) AP GWIDOL of Powys, Regulus of Britain


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Vortigern "Vorteneu" (the thin) AP GWIDOL of Powys, Regulus of Britain

  • Born: 402
  • Died: 471

   General Notes:

He is said to have invited the Anglo-Saxons to settle in Britain as mercenaries, only to see them revolt and establish their own kingdoms. This earned him a poor reputation; he was eventually remembered as one of the worst Kings of the Britons in later legend.

The first writer to tell the story of Vortigern was the sixth century historian Gildas, writing his De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae (On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain) in the first decades of the 6th century. He tells us (chapter 23) how "all the councillors, together with that proud usurper [omnes consiliarii una cum superbo tyranno]" made the mistake of inviting "the fierce and impious Saxons" to settle in Britain....

Gildas never addresses Vortigern as the king of Britain. He is termed a usurper (tyrannus), but not solely responsible for inviting the Saxons. To the contrary, he is supported/supporting a "Council", which may be a government based on the representatives of all the "cities" (civitates) or a part thereof. Gildas also does not see Vortigern as bad; he just qualifies him as "unlucky" (infaustus) and lacking judgement, which is understandable, as these mercenaries proved to be faithless....

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   Marriage Information:

Vortigern married Severa FERCH MACSEN, daughter of Maximus II Magnus Clemens, Western Roman Emperor (383-88) and St. Elen Llwyddog FERCH EUDAF of the Gewissi. (Severa FERCH MACSEN was born about 370.)

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