ON THE 1ST MAY 472 THE SAXON HENGIST MASSACRED ALL BUT ONE of Britain’s Celtic chiefs in an ambush that became known as the ‘Night of the Long Knives’. Possibly.
The massacre may not have actually happened, and if it did, there’s every chance it wasn’t on that particular date – I’ve gone into more detail about the date of the Night of the Long Knives below – so please take the following with a large pinch of salt!
The Original ‘Night of the Long Knives’
The Saxon Hengist is ‘a real historical figure’. He is mentioned by Bede, and by the authors of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles – historical sources who are generally seen as being reliable.