Hengest, King of Kent

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Hengest

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Birthplace: Kent, UK
Death: Died in Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Wihtgils von Saxony and Wife of Wihtgils Unknown
Husband of Elsa, Queen of Kent
Father of Hartwaker, King of the Saxons; Æsc, King of Kent; Rowena; Ebusa and Osta of Asgard
Brother of Horsa

Occupation: King of Kentcirca 455 to 488, King of Kentcir ca 455 to 488
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About Hengest, King of Kent

Hengest, brother of Horsa. Together they were legendary leaders of the first Anglo-Saxon settlers in Britain who went there, according to the English historian and theologian Bede, to fight for the British king Vortigern against the Picts between AD 446 and 454. The brothers are said to have been Jutes and sons of one Wihtgils. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle says that they landed at Ebbsfleet, Kent, and that Horsa was killed at Aegelsthrep (possibly Aylesford, Kent) in 455. Bede mentions a monument to him in east Kent; Horstead, near Aylesford, may be named for him. The Chronicle says that Hengist began to reign in 455 and that he fought against the Britons; it implies that Hengist died in 488. The historic kings of Kent traced their direct descent from Hengist, although the Kentish royal house was known as Oiscingas, from Hengist's son Oeric, surnamed Oisc (or Aesc), who is said to have reigned alone from 488 to 512. Hengest died circa 488.

Sources:

  • 1.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hengest
  • 2. Lundy, Darryl, "The Peerage.com - A Genealogical Survey of the Peerage of England as well as the Royal Families of Europe" (http://www.thepeerage.com rev. 12 Mar 2006), Citing: John Morby, Dynasties of the World: a chronological and genealogical handbook (Oxford, Oxfordshire, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1989), page 64.

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According to Wikipedia and legend, he and his brother Horsa, were volunteer mercenaries for the Angles and Saxons in Vortigern's fight against the Picts of Briton after the fall of the Roman Empire. They led the Anglo-Saxon and Jute invasion of Britain because the people were no good but the land was.

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Hengest, King of Kent's Timeline

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Kent, UK
449
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Age 31
Kent
455
455
Age 37
Sachsen, Germany
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Age 40
Kent, UK
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Age 70
Kent, England
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Jutland, Denmark
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Sachsen, Germany
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Ruler in Kent