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Origin of the name MODRED.
Etymology of the name MODRED.
Meaning of the baby name MODRED.


MODRED.  Arthurian.  A son of Lot and traitor of King Arthur.  It is an English form of Welsh Medrawd (q.v.), a name said to come from a root meaning "to hit." (The Mythology of the British Islands, Squire, 1905).  Also spelled Mordred.

    Modred, son of Lot king of Norway and Anne own sister of king Arthur (pt. viii. 21; ix. 9).  He is always called "the traitor."  While king Arthur was absent, warring with the Romans, Modred was left regent; but he usurped the crown and married his aunt the queen (pt. x. 13).  When Arthur heard thereof, he returned, and attacked the usurper, who fled to Winchester (pt. xi. x).  The king followed him, and Modred drew up his army at Cambula, in Cornwall, where another battle was fought.  In this engagement Modred was slain, and Arthur also received his death-wound (pt. xi. 2).  The queen, called Guanhumara (but better known as Guenever), retired to a convent in the City of Legions, and entered the order of Julius the Martyr (pt. xi. 1).Geoffrey: British History (1142).
    This is so very different to the accounts given in Arthurian romance of Mordred, that it is better to give the two names as if they were different individuals. (The Reader's Handbook of Famous Names in Fiction, &c., Brewer, 1884)


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