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Ygraine Pendragon
Also Known As: Ygraine, Queen of Camelot
Ygraine de Bois (maiden name)
Queen Ygraine
Mother (by Arthur)
Ygraine Pendragon
Biographical Information
Race: Human
Gender: Female
Family: Uther Pendragon (husband) †
Arthur Pendragon (son)
Tristan de Bois (brother) †
Agravaine de Bois (brother) †
Morgana Pendragon (illegitimate step-daughter)
Guinevere Pendragon (daughter-in-law)
Statistics
Affiliation: Arthur Pendragon
Camelot
Nimueh (†)
Gaius
Agravaine de Bois
Tristan de Bois
Morgana Pendragon
Morgause
Vivienne ?
Gorlois
Enemies:
Behind the Scenes
Portrayer: Alice Patten
List of Appearances: The Sins of the Father
The Tears of Uther Pendragon
You showed yourself to be a man of honour. You inherited that trait from your mother.
Morgause to Arthur[src]

Ygraine Pendragon (née de Bois) was Queen of Camelot through her marriage to King Uther Pendragon, but died giving birth to their son, Arthur Pendragon. She unknowingly became the stepmother of Uther's secret daughter Morgana Pendragon. Whether Uther's affair was before or after her death is unknown. She was the sister of Tristan and Agravaine and posthumously became the mother-in-law of Guinevere Pendragon through her son's marriage.

Biography

Early Life

She presumably grew up with her brothers, Agravaine and Tristan. It is also presumed that she was close friends with Vivienne who likely her Lady-in-Waiting. Sometime in her early life she met Uther, and fell in love with him.

Queen of Camelot

Sometime after Uther became King of Camelot, he married Ygraine de Bois, thus making her his queen. A traditonal jousting tournament was held in Camelot before Uther's marriage to Ygraine.

Ygraine and Uther were friends with the sorceress Nimueh. After discovering Ygraine was unable to have children, Uther asked Nimueh to help them. Nimueh agreed and used magic to allow Ygraine to conceive a child, thus producing a son and heir, Arthur Pendragon. Although Nimueh knew that by using magic to create a life, another life had to be taken in exchange, she claimed that she did not foresee that Ygraine's life would be the price. Ygraine died in childbirth and because of the loss of his beloved wife, a grief-stricken Uther turned on Nimueh, accusing her of treason and banishing her from Camelot. He then began the Great Purge, ordering the execution of hundreds of sorcerers, both good and evil.

After Death

After Ygraine died in childbirth, her brother Tristan blamed Uther for her death and challenged him to a duel to the death. Uther won the duel but, before he died, Tristan swore that he would rise from the dead and have his revenge. Now having lost two siblings to the Pendragons, Ygraine's second brother Agravaine hated both Uther and Arthur and began to foster a grudge that would last throughout the rest of his life.

A brooch engraved with her sigil belongs to the sorcerer Merlin, given to him by her Arthur in a gesture of his respect and gratitude.

Apparitions

Merlin208 1452

Ygraine meets her son

Morgause later used a spell to make Ygraine appear when Arthur wished it as a reward for passing her test, and Ygraine then told Arthur about his past. However, the apparition of Ygraine was part of Morgause's plot to turn Arthur against his father and claimed that Uther went to Nimueh with full awareness that Ygraine's life would be sacrificed for Arthur to be born which would be contradictory to Uther's subsequent hatred towards magic due to the death of his wife. It was unclear if the Ygraine that appeared was the true Ygraine, but given Morgause's treachery it may have been a false representation of her that meant that Arthur returned to Camelot and nearly slaughtered his father. Only when Merlin told Arthur that Morgause had lied did Arthur cease his attack on Uther, leading him to believe that his father was not to blame for Ygraine's death (The Sins of the Father).
Ygraine

Uther sees Ygraine

Later, when Morgana used a Mandrake Root to make Uther lose his mind, he hallucinated Ygraine calling to him for help from inside a well. He continuously saw his dead wife on several future occasions until Merlin removed the Mandrake Root from under his bed (The Tears of Uther Pendragon).

Personality

It appeared that Ygraine was a much loved queen when she was alive. She was potentially more tolerant with magic-users than her husband ended up being because of the statement that Morgause made about Ygraine being a woman of honour.
Ygraine merlin

The former queen of Camelot

Morgause also claimed that she knew her very well and seemed to think well of her, which would suggest Ygraine was not adverse to magical beings. Ygraine also seemed selfless, devoted and loving towards her family since when Arthur finally met Ygraine after Morgause conjured her spirit to speak with him, she told him that she was very proud of him and that she would willingly give her life for him again (although this implies that she died unwillingly to begin with). However, Ygraine claimed that Uther knowingly sacrificed her to get a son, and whether Ygraine honestly believed this or not is unknown since Morgause's ulterior motive was to get enrage Arthur and cause him to kill Uther Pendragon. Therefore, it is unclear whether the summoned version of Ygraine was a genuine representation of her as she was in life.

Appearances

Series 1
The Dragon's Call (Mentioned only)
The Mark of Nimueh (Mentioned indirectly)
The Poisoned Chalice (Mentioned indirectly)
Excalibur (Mentioned only) (First identified as "Ygraine")
Le Morte d'Arthur (Mentioned only)
Series 2
The Sins of the Father (Appears as a ghost or spirit)
Series 3
The Tears of Uther Pendragon: Part One (Appears as a hallucination)
The Tears of Uther Pendragon: Part Two (Appears as a hallucination)
Series 4
The Darkest Hour: Part One (Mentioned only)
The Wicked Day (Mentioned only)
A Servant of Two Masters (Mentioned only)

Trivia

  • Her surname née De Bois means born wood in French.
  • Her engagement ring may have been given to Arthur by Uther for his future wife to be given when Arthur was ready to marry. The ring was given to Guinevere when Arthur decided to propose to her the first time. It was lost in the forest when Morgana tore it from Gwen's neck after Arthur had her banished. Arthur returns the ring to Gwen after he forgives her for any wrong doing due to her 'affair' with Lancelot. It can be seen when Arthur crowns Gwen his queen.

In The Legends

Ygraine is classically portrayed as the wife of Gorlois prior to her marriage to Uther. With Gorlois, she has three daughters: Elaine, Anna-Morgause, and Morgan le Fey. Through Anna-Morgause, the Igraine of legend is the grandmother of Gawain, Gaheris, Gareth, Agravain, and Mordred, and, through Gawain, the great-grandmother of Florence, Lovell, and Gingalain.

Gallery

Pendragon Family

Uther Pendragon † • Ygraine Pendragon (née de Bois) † •
Arthur Pendragon † • Guinevere PendragonMorgana Pendragon

Kingdom of Camelot
Queen: Guinevere Pendragon
Court Physician: Gaius
Keeper of the Royal Library: Geoffrey of Monmouth
Knights: Sir Leon • Sir Percival • Sir Brennis • Sir Cador • Sir Geraint
Other Allies: MerlinAnnisOdinRodorMithianGodwynBayardElenaAlinedThe EuchdagVivianOlaf
Former Allies: Morgana Pendragon † • Nimueh † • Cedric †? • Cornelius Sigan † • Tristan de Bois † • Lady Catrina † • Edwin Muirden † • Uther Pendragon † • Agravaine de Bois †• SefaMordred †
Queens of Albion
Guinevere PendragonMorgana Pendragon (former, deceased) • Ygraine Pendragon (deceased) • AnnisMithian (Princess) • Catrina (former, deceased)
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