Cameliard

Camelide, Camiliard, Camilyard, Cannelide, Canneline, Carmalide, Carmalyde, Carmelide, Carmelie, Carmelike, Carmelyde, Charmelide, Tamalide, TamaUde, Tamelide, Tamelirde, Tarmelide, Tarmelirde, Thamelide, Tharmelide


The kingdom of Arthur's father-in-law, King Leodegrance, in Scotland or else in south-west England, possibly having some association with the north Cornish Camel or the town of Camelford. One of the most important cities was Carolhaise.

The Vulgate identifies it as the territory between Bedingran (Sherwood Forest) and King Ryons' country (Norgales).

Thus, Cameliard would include the eastern half of Cheshire joined to Derbyshire or the western half of Derbyshire, arching above Staffordshire so as not to cut into the territory of Bertilak de Hautdesert and the Green Chapel.

Cleodalis was its seneschal. Carmelide was the home of Sir Guyanor (Guyomard), one of Morgan le Fayís lovers, and of Arthurís knights Puredes (Purades) and Landens. Its capital was Zelegrebre.

The country was invaded by Saxons led by King Rions in the early days of Arthurís reign, and its two principle cities, Aneblayse and Carhaix, were besieged. Arthur, Merlin, King Ban of Benoic, and King Bors of Gannes traveled to Carmelide and twice helped Leodegan rout the invaders; Arthur himself slew Rions. Tennyson replaces Rionsí invasion with one by King Urien.

Malory calls King Leodegrance's kingdom Camiliard.