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Mathem of Soane

Duke of Almayne
Matan, Mathan de Soane, Mathan de Soaue; Mathem dus d’Alemaigne, Mathan de Soane

Duke of Soane in Germany.

His ancestral land was stolen by Duke Frollo, and Mathem was forced to flee to Montpellier.

His daughter, Avenable, journeyed to Julius Caesar’s Roman court to seek redress. On Merlin’s advice, Caesar married Avenable and restored Mathem to his duchy.

Almayne is an archaic spelling of Allemagne, which is the French word for Germany. In the context of Arthurian legends, Almayne is sometimes used to refer to the lands and people of Germany. There is no indication that Almayne was a duchy or any other specific political entity in the Arthurian legends.

Vulgate Merlin | 1220-1235
Prose Merlin | Mid-15th century