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Hengist (Hengest)

Born: 488 AD
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Nationality: British
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488 - Hengist was born.

         - He was the semi-legendary ruler of Kent in southeast England. His name is Anglo-Saxon for "stallion".

         - The earliest clear source is Bede, whose Ecclesiastical History of the English People states that Hengest was brought to Britain by Vortigern as a mercenary, to fight the Picts

         - Hengest, meaning 'Stallion' in Anglo-Saxon, was an honorific name or nickname for an officer.

         - Hengest is a character in the Fight at Finnsburg narrative mentioned in the Finnsburg Fragment and the Beowulf poem.


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