Kent County Flag 5ft x 3ft
It is sometimes referred to as the Invicta Flag or Invicta Flag of Kent, after the motto of Kent, Invicta. The design of a white horse rearing on its hind legs has been associated with the county for over a thousand years. Tradition holds that the first Germanic invaders in Britain were Jutish mercenaries from the Danish peninsula, led by brothers Hengist and Horsa: the pair appear in the 9th century work on the history of the English people, “Historia Ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum” by the Venerable Bede; the Anglo- Saxon Chronicle; the 9th century work attributed to the Welsh Monk Nennius, “Historia Brittonum” and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 12th century “Historia Regum Brittaniae”. All these works of course were completed centuries after the events they describe but the theme of twin brothers appears frequently in Germanic stories as recorded by classical writers and Edititionally the horse was an important element in the rituals of many ancient peoples, with names derived from the words for horse appearing frequently – the Old English words “Hengest” and “Horsa” meant respectively, “stallion” and “horse”.
Conceivably, these founding fathers may in fact have been just the one individual, which is suggested by the similarity of these two names with equine associations. Reflecting all these characteristics, these Jutish invaders became associated with the white horse and it is further speculated that the symbol may have referred to the mythical horse Sleipner, which belonged to the god Odin, venerated by these Germanic warriors. The story of Hengist and Horsa further relates that the latter was killed in battle with the Celtic leader Vortigern at Aylesford, where a monument was raised in his honour, the White Horse Stone near Maidstone.
- 100% polyester flag
- Featuring County flag of Kent
- Size:5ft x 3ft
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