Hengist with his brother Horsa were involved in the first Anglo Saxon invasions of England. Bede wrote that they were here as mercenaries at the request of Vortigen, the king of Kent. They were said to have revolted and taken over Kent itself when their request for better pay and food was refused. The very existence of them is open to question as Hengist and Horsa mean gelding and horse. If these people did exist, the parents must have had a good sense of humour.
© copyright Glen Ray Crack -
Battle - East Sussex - United Kingdom
Submitted 10th January 1998
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