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Forty Years of Fear:Facts, fiction, and the dates for Vortigern in Chapter 66 of the Historia Brittonum

Forty Years of Fear:Facts, fiction, and the dates for Vortigern in Chapter 66 of the Historia Brittonum

Vermaat, Robert

The Heroic Age, Issue 2, Autumn/Winter 1999

Abstract

The accuracy of the three dates relating to the reign of Vortigern in Chapter 66 of the Historia Brittonum has been questioned or refuted. Attempts to establish conclusively that “Nennius” deliberately fabricated these dates remain unconvincing. The possibility that they are accurate must, therefore, remain.

This paper defends the accuracy of three dates relating to the reign of Vortigern given in the Historia Brittonum. We shall be concerned chiefly with Chapter 66 (Morris 1980:39), which presents the reader with an impressive set of calculations and dates.

 

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