is an initiative based in
the Netherlands, dedicated to the study
of the period between the Roman
occupation of Britain and the Early
Middle Ages. For more on this, see About Vortigern
is a complete guide to the extensive
resources available at Vortigern Studies.
Vortigern Studies is
usually updated at least once a month.
Check out what has been added or altered
period, which is often called the Dark
Ages, stretched roughly from AD 400 to
600. Vortigern Studies is
mainly concerned with the events that
brought about the changes from Roman
Britain to Saxon England. Articles about
his family and sources attempt to
unravel the complex process that saw the
ending of Roman influence in the lands
across the Channel, and which ended with
the occupation of Britain by the Anglo-Saxons.
Not about Arthur?
study is different because it does not
focus on the semi-legendary Arthur and
the years immediately preceding him, but
rather on the early years, focusing on
the person of Vortigern instead. For
those who want to read about Arthur, go
Legends of Vortigern.
for Vortigern Studies are therefore
Vortigern and Hengist, his 'enemy'
Ambrosius, Merlin and several dark
secrets about long-forgotten hill-forts in Wales and all
other places that Vortigern
supposedly lived. Read about Dinas Emrys
and the fighting Dragons, about how
Vortigern supposedly gave Britain away
for a woman, about how he perished in his
What is the Wansdyke
is a mysterious earthwork that stretches
from Savernake Forest in Wiltshire across
the Marlborough Downs and the Avon valley,
where it follows the hills below Bath
until it reaches a position on a hill-fort
with a commanding view high above Bristol.
Who built it? Was it the Saxons,
Ambrosius, Vortigern or his enemies? This
part of Vortigern Studies is a unique
website about an earthwork that is
spectacular, but still quite unknown.
An introduction to the
goals of Vortigern Studies and the
webmaster (that's me, nice picture, no?)
behind it. Check out what Vortigern
Studies is all about. Now more than 160
This primary part of the
site concentrates on the history,
historicity and and associated aspects of
Vortigern and his age. This includes a
look at the sources (whether legendary or
contemporary historical), geneaology,
linguistics and all later spin-oofs, such
as literature, art and archaeology. Now
almost 200 pages!
This secondary part is
abouta mysterious earthwork that spans
both Wiltshire and Somerset, from the
Marlborough Downs to Bristol. The origins
of this earthwork present vital clues to
Vortigern and his times. the object of
this project is to promote the awareness
about this unique British monument. Now
more than 100 pages!
- Late Roman Re-enactment
Fectio is our Dutch Late
Roman Re-enactment Society. We focus on
the military part of Late Roman society
during the 4th to 5th century. Our area
is the Western Empire, especially in the
Lower German and British provinces. The
name Fectio is taken from the
Limes fortress on the Dutch Lower Rhine
frontier, today know as Vechten. More
than 100 pages now.
This part is not strictly a part of
Vortigern Studies, but should attract the
Arthurian enthousiast. It holds dozens of
Arthurian articles, as well as a book on
Dark Age Britain. Not to mention my
Arthurian Collection with over 400
Arthurian Novels, Comics, Movies, CD's,
Games, Swords and Artwork. More than 200
Vortigern Studies is based on a
of articles, anthologies, studies and
primary or secondary sources. This four-part
database contains all books, articles and
other sources used for the creation of
the Vortigern Studies websites.