in the South-East
- Traditionally, Kent was settled
by a Saxon group called Jutes, from Central Denmark. The type of jewellery they wore
shows that many of them may have been Franks.
- An old story says that the
British kingdom of Cantium was
given to their first king, Hengest. The Jutes called this
- Hengest lived in the late 5th
century. His family were known as the Oiscingas, after his
- The kings lived at Canterbury.
Their Royal monastery was at St. Augustine's Abbey,
- The most famous King of Kent was
- He lived in the late 6th
- At first, Aethelbert was a
- He married a Christian
Princess from France. She was called Bertha.
- A missionary, named St.
Augustine, came to visit them from Italy.
- Augustine persuaded
Aethelbert and all his people became Christians.
- In the 9th century, Kent was
taken over by Wessex. The eldest son of the King of Wessex was
given the title, King of Kent, like the Prince of Wales today.