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This article is about the king, Caerleon, for the kingdom ruled by Queen Annis, see: Caerleon (kingdom)

You do not choose anything, boy. It is I who choose to die, and I alone. Now, get on with it.
Caerleon to Arthur[src]

Caerleon was the King of Caerleon and the husband of Queen Annis.


At some point in the past, war broke out between Caerleon and Camelot, probably after the death of Caerleon's father with whom Uther had a peace contract. Caerleon was defeated by Uther at the Battle of Denaria, but he retreated to the Castle of Fyrien. Victory would have been denied to Camelot, if Uther hadn't known about a secret labyrinth beneath the castle. Fyrien was in fact greedy, and to avoid Camelot's levies he had dug tunnels from the castle to the sea. That way he could smuggle goods into the kingdom without anyone knowing (The Castle of Fyrien).

At some point, Gorlois befriended Queen Annis and possibly King Caerleon.

Gwaine revealed that his father had been a knight in Caerleon's army. However, after Gwaine's father had died in battle, his mother was turned down by Caerleon when she went to him for help (Gwaine).

Morgana asked Arthur if they had ambushed Caerleon using those old tunnels, and the Prince replied: "He never saw us coming" (The Castle of Fyrien).

Following the death ofUther, he began raiding Camelot. During one of these raids, he was eventually led into a trap and captured by Arthur and his men. Following his uncle's advice, Arthur tried to force him to sign a treaty. He refused, which made Arthur reluctantly order him to be killed. His body was later returned to his kingdom. This event led to the brief war between Camelot and Caerleon which was led by his wife (His Father's Son).


Little is known about Caerleon's personality. It is unknown how exactly he treated his wife, Annis. However, it is assumed that he loved his wife, and she proved to love him back, with the grief for her husband's death fueling her vengeance on Arthur over his death. He appeared to not care much about his kingdom as he was willing to leave it when he wanted more land. Caerleon was also very stubborn and proud as he refused to sign a peace treaty and appear weak, even when his life was threatened.


Caerleon's men

Caerleon led mercenaries around Camelot to conquer land. He ran with them, carrying a sword. It is unknown if he was good at sword fighting, but it is assumed that this would be the case due to him being a king. Several years before, he fought in the Battle of Denaria and survived which implies that he was skilled in battle.


Series 3
Gwaine (Mentioned only)
The Castle of Fyrien (Mentioned only)
Series 4
His Father's Son


Series 4 Enemies
The Darkest Hour: MorganaMorgauseThe DorochaThe CailleachAgravaineWilddeorenWyvern
The Wicked Day: King OdinMorganaAgravaineThe GleemanGeldred
Aithusa: Julius BordenKing Odin
His Father's Son: MorganaAgravaineQueen AnnisKing CaerleonDerian
A Servant of Two Masters: MorganaAgravaineFomorrohMerlin (indirect)
The Secret Sharer: MorganaAgravaineAlator of the CathaOrn
Lamia: LamiaAgravaine
Lancelot du Lac: MorganaLancelot (Shade) •  AgravaineDochraid
A Herald of the New Age: Shrine BoyElyan (indirect)
The Hunter's Heart: MorganaAgravaineHelios
The Sword in the Stone: MorganaAgravaineHeliosAithusaNathair
Kings of Albion
Arthur Pendragon † • Uther Pendragon † • GodwynBayardHelios † • LotCenred † • Caerleon † • OdinOlafFisher King † • Bruta † • AlinedRodor