Southern Britain was the area most quickly overrun by the invading Saxon population. Only in the West Country did the Celtic spirit survive. Details of any South-Eastern British Kingdoms that may have emerged after the Roman exodus are therefore few and far between
There may have
been an independent kingdom here based on Caer Durnac (Dorchester, Dorset)
or possibly Wareham, where several early British memorial stones have been
discovered. Its name is unknown but may have been something like Dortrig.
Kingdoms probably existed in central southern Britain, the Saxon
heartland. One possible King was Elaf(ius) the British leader whom St.
Germanus met soon after his second landing in Britain in the 440s. He may
have ruled the area round Caer Guinntguic (Winchester, Hampshire). Another
possible King, Nudd, may have been the King Natanlaod killed by Cerdic at
the Battle of Netley (Natanleag) in AD 508.
Before the mid-5th century High-King, Vortigern, so rashly gave the Kingdom of Ceint (modern-day Kent) away to the growing Saxon ranks in society, it was also a British Kingdom under a monarch named Gwyrangon. He was not best pleased to find his kingdom snatched from under him.
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