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Vortimer a son of Vortigern. He is remembered for his fierce opposition to his father’s Saxon allies. He overthrows his father and reigns as King of Britain for a brief period before his death restores Vortigern to power.

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Vortigern allows Saxons under Hengest and Horsa to settle on the Isle of Thanet, and offers them provisions in exchange for their service as mercenaries. Vortigern soon proves to be an “ignorant king”, and the wily Hengest manipulates him into ceding over more land and allowing more settlers to come from Germany.

After a dire period of Saxon encroachment, exacerbated by even more disgraceful behavior on Vortigern’s part, Vortimer finally rises up against the Saxons. He pushes them back to Thanet, and meets them in four battles. At the third battle Horsa and Vortimer’s brother Catigern are slain; at the fourth the Saxons are pushed back to sea. Shortly thereafter, however, Vortimer dies. He asks his followers to bury him at the place where the Saxons first landed in Britain as a totem against further invasion. However, his followers fail to heed his warning and the Saxons return.

The Britons abandon Vortigern and elevate Vortimer to be king of Britain. After he has driven out the Saxons, Vortimer is poisoned by his stepmother Rowena (a Saxon) and Vortigern regains the crown.

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