This article is about the literary realm of King Arthur's Britain. For the historical region of southeastern Britain, see
Logres (also Logris or Loegria) is the name of King Arthur's realm in the Matter of Britain. It derives from the Welsh word Lloegr, a name of uncertain origin meaning " England".
In Arthurian contexts, "Logres" is often used to describe the
Brittonic territory roughly corresponding to the borders of England before the area was taken by the Anglo-Saxons. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth's influential pseudohistory , the realm was named after the legendary king Historia Regum Britanniae Locrinus, the oldest son of Brutus of Troy. In his Historia, Geoffrey uses the word "Loegria" to describe a province containing most of England excluding Cornwall, as in this example from section iv.20 (from the Penguin Classics translation by Lewis Thorpe):
Parishes were apportioned off,
Deira being placed under the Metropolitan of York, along with Albany, for the great River Humber divides these two from Loegria. Loegria itself was placed under the Metropolitan of London, along with Cornwall. The Severn divides these last two provinces from Kambria or Wales, which last was placed under the City of Legions. [1 ]
The name "Logres" is used in many works of modern fantasy set in
Britain, for example C. S. Lewis's and That Hideous Strength Susan Cooper's . Over Sea, Under Stone
See also [ edit ]
^ Geoffrey of Monmouth (1966). . translated by The History of the Kings of Britain Lewis G. M. Thorpe. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin. p. 125. ISBN 9780140441703. OCLC 3370598 . Retrieved 11 September 2013.