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Aurelius follows and besieges him. 469: Vortigern dies from a fire within his tower. The Britons crown Aurelius. Hengist tells Aesc to lead Kentish women and children back to the continent, while Hengist himself leads the Saxon men to his sons’ theods in Deira and Nohaut. Aurelius and Uther pursue Hengist, defeating the Saxons first at Maisbeli and then the next day at Conigsborough. Count Eldol of Glevum and Duke Gorlois of Cornwall drag Hengist from his heorthwerod and kill him. Hengist’s sons Octa and Eossa swear fealty to Aurelius.

His successor, Abbo, was a capable ruler but a mediocre warrior, who survived the battles of 462 only There are scores of other theods throughout Saxon-held to be conquered by Ecgberht, who in turn died of his Britain. Some are no more than an aetheling and his close wounds. Ecgberht’s nephew Ecgfrith ruled the theod cynn, while others include several hundreds and villages. poorly until killed by Raegnald, the leader of his heorthThe theods’ numbers and borders change constantly with werod. Raegnald’s son Hlothere was leery of Aelle’s caminvasions, rebellions, and dynastic failures or partitions.

Returning Essex to Saxon rule. Deira Cewissa Culture/Religion: SaxoniWotanic Ruler: Eossa 455-495; Yffi 495-518; Wilgils 518-541; Wiglaf 541-559; Aelle 560Fyrd: 35 thegns, 500 ceorls Vortigern settled Hengist’s son Eosa’s theod here to discourage the Picts. By 518, though, the Deirans have conquered Eburacum and are spreading westwards. The Battle of Badon cripples them, enabling King Barant of Malahaut to drive them into Deira Forest and to make Cyning Wilgils swear fealty. The Deirans continue t o serve Barant for fear of his powerful garrison at Eburacum.

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