Igraine

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Igraine

(ɪˈɡreɪn) or

Ygerne

n
(European Myth & Legend) the mother of King Arthur
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He kept the superlative to characterize Igerne: "There was no lady so fair in all the land" (n'en ot plus bele en tut le regne /verse 24/), but he also added two more verses which would subsequently become the most frequent description of women in the courtly literature of the 12th-14th centuries: "Right courteous was the dame, noble of peerage" (curteise esteit e bele e sage, e si esteit de grant parage /verses 25-26/).
Merlin advises, "Sire, make sure Igerne never knows you lay with her or fathered the child.
Although morality and chastity were ultimately desired, they were not requisites for women being placed at the pinnacle of society, as evidenced by Olympias, and also by Igerne, King Arthur's mother.