Named after Horsa, which means horse or stallion, who along with his brother Horsa are said to have led the Angles, Saxons and Jutes in their invasion of Britain in the 5thCentury having landed at Ebbsfleet on the Isle of Thanet. For a time the brothers served as mercenaries for Vortigern, King of the Britons, but later rebelled against him having, it is said, betrayed him in the Treachery of the Long Knives. Horsa was killed fighting the Britons, but his brother successfully conquered Kent, becoming the forefather of its kings. Hengist is often cited as the first of the Jutish kings of Kent.
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