Queen Ygerna alias Igraine
(Born c.AD 452)
(Welsh: Eigr; Latin: Ygerna; English: Igraine)
According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Ygerna or Igraine (Eigr in Welsh) was the Duchess of Cornwall, ravishing wife of Gorlois and mother of King Arthur. After the death of Gorlois, she married Uther Pendragon, who, under false pretenses and aided by Merlin's trickery, had slept with her, impregnated her with Arthur and had been responsible for her husband's death. Chretien de Troyes claims that after Uther's death, Ygerna retired to a palace she had had built for herself known as the Chastel des Merveilles or "Castle of Wonders".
She was the daughter of Amlawdd
Wledig (the Imperator), a member of a younger branch of the Royal House of
Dumnonia. He was probably a nobleman of Ergyng, though he has also been
attached to the North of Britain and Brittany. His family are central to
the Mabinogion story of 'Culhwch and Olwen'. As well as
Arthur, various sources have attributed Ygerna with several children by
her first marriage to Gorlois. They had daughters named Elaine,
(Anna) Morgause and Morgan,
though the latter may be mistakenly attached to them. They had one son, Gormant,
but Cador is also sometimes erroneously
said to have been their child.
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