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Vortigern Studies has the internet's most comprehensive treatment of Britain's history from the end of the Roman era to Arthurian times. Edited by Robert M. Vermaat, this unique website focuses primarily on the person of Vortigern and the enigmatic earthwork called Wansdyke. It features narrative histories, original source documents and important texts, extensive bibliographies, reading lists, informative articles by guest writers, maps, polls and more.

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Who was Vortigern?

This section explores Vortigern himself. We look at the traditional picture, the evolution of his name, his life and the manner of his death. We look at his career, his possible background and their influence on later legends that grew around him.

This picture, from a 15th-century English manuscript, shows a strangely hoofed Vortigern. The whole painting features the prophetic boy Merlin, revealing to Vortigern the fighting Red and White Dragons beneath Vortigern's Collapsing Castle. Lambeth Palace Library MS6, folio 43v.

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