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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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Vortigern Studies
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 Studies.

This is a complete guide to the extensive resources available at Vortigern Studies.

What's New
Vortigern Studies is usually updated at least once a month. Check out what has been added or altered here.

The Historical Vortigern
This 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?
This 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 to Faces of Arthur.

Legends of Vortigern.
Subjects 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 burning tower!

What is the Wansdyke Project 21?
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 pages!

The Vortigern ProjectVortigern Studies
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!

The Wansdyke ProjectWansdyke Project 21
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!

Fectio - Late Roman Re-enactmentFectio - 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.

Faces of ArthurFaces of Arthur
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 pages.

The Vortigern Studies Vortigern Studies Bibliography
Vortigern Studies is based on a collection
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.


Webrings Awards
Vortigern Studies is a proud member and recipiant of several webrings and awards, which can be viewed on these pages.

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