Vortigern is almost
unknown in art when compared to, shall we say,
Merlin or Arthur. But there are still some few
works of art in which he appears, such as in
medieval book illuminations, poetry and plays. We
see Vortigern, always in the company of the young
Merlin, Hengist or Horsa, acting out his dramatic
part of Arthurian legend.
there are (few) paintings, mostly on the same
subject, the Dinas Emrys legend. Literature has
dealt even worse with this man, for his
appearance in books is almost always a very brief
one, paving the way for Merlin and eventually
lowest point (but was it?) was reached when a
forged Sheakespeare-play about Vortigern was
performed but once..
animated image is based on a famous illustration from an edition of
Peter of Langtoft's Chronicle (1307). British
Library MS Royal 20 A II, folio 3R.
- Vergilius, discussion of
possibly fifth-century illustrations.
- Illumination 1, 'The
youthful and precocious Merlin reads his
prophecies to Vortigern', 13th century.
- Illumination 2, 'Vortigern burns
within his castle', 14th century.
- Illumination 3, 'Ambros
prophesies to Vortigern', 15th century.
- Illumination 4, 'Vortigern and
- Painting 1: Vortigern and
- Engraving 1: Vortigern and
Rowena, c. 1868. march
- Prose 1,
excerpt from Prose Merlin.