Goodly Company Location map

There’s a larger version of the map shown on this page, but the area illustrated is the main location of Goodly Company.

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Aliscans = on the outskirts of Arelate/Arles. Now known for the Roman necropolis, but Kardeiz knows it from his ‘uncle’ Willehalm’s battles.

Anderitum = Pevensey.

Anschouwe = Anjou, Gahmuret’s home land. I toyed with the idea of calling it Anjou, but that reminded me too much of Henry II of England and his Angevin empire. As Wikipedia says, “under the Merovingians, the history of Anjou is obscure”. Let’s keep it that way.

Antverpia = Antwerp

Arelate = Arles

Avalon = Glastonbury, although a somewhat romantic version of what actually existed/exists. The Tor is reimagined as the castle, surrounded by mythical apple orchards, lake and marsh, with a causeway (off which Parzival falls or is pushed).

Bazielles / Basilicatum = there was a battle of Baizelles in the Franco-Prussian war. This has nothing to do with Goodly Company.

Bouillon = Godfrey’s land holding. Godfrey is more famous for becoming protector of Jerusalem in the First Crusade.

Brobarz = west of Graharz, completely mythical, as is Pelrepeire, Condwiramurs’ castle home, although the castle is based on Foix, which I visited in a howling gale and rain storm.

Caer-Ligualid = Carlisle. This is the name in Historia Brittonum, the earliest source of the King Arthur stories.

Caesaraugusta = Zaragoza. The southern pass of the Pyrenees goes from Zaragoza via Jaca and the Hecho valley and over the mountains. There’s a Roman road that goes this way, and skirts by the Abbey of San Pedro de Siresa, the basis of the place my Parzival meets his uncle Trevrizent the hermit.

Camaalot = South Cadbury hill fort (where, during a Dark Ages Society weekend, I fell, backwards, down about twelve feet, shedding spear and shield as I went. Not an action I ever wanted to repeat.) But the castle I describe is not the timber and re-claimed Roman masonry creation that would have existed in the 5th and 6th centuries, I have conceived it as a late medieval castle, with toilets and minstrels’ gallery, both of which are important to Parzival.

Campus Stellae = Santiago de Compostela. Myth has the St James relic being discovered by following strange lights in the forest, hence the supposed original name “field of stars” for the place. Quite why Gawan wants to go there is anyone’s guess.

Cantium = Kent area

City of Water = Venice

Clairefontaine = there is a Trappist Nunnery of Clairefontaine, but it was founded later (1930s!) than the time frame of The Swan Knight and is in Cordemois. The now ruined abbey of Clairefontaine, inhabited by Cistercian nuns, was founded and built in the years 1214-1250, again too late for our Bouillon-based adventures. Let’s just assume there’s a tradition of nunneries in the area, and very convenient for Elza’s retirement.

Colona Claudia = Köln / Cologne.

Condate Riedonum = Rennes, France.

Corneu = Cornwall, and since Margh’s lands include Devon and bits of Somerset and Dorset, it is more like the old kingdom of Dumnonia.

Darioritum = Vannes. Julius Caesar took it in preparation for the conquest of Britain – the Veneti would have blocked his supply train. It’s a similarly awkward place in The Round Table Fragments, as Gramoflanz has won it by right of conquest but doesn’t seem to want it.

Dinas Brân = in north Wales. The ruins there are 13th-century, but it was constructed on an earlier Iron Age Hill fort. Now publicly accessible, which it certainly wouldn’t have been with Kai in control.

Duntaieol = Tintagel

Durobrivis = Rochester

Durocortorum = Reims

Eboricum  = York

Germelshausen = the German Brigadoon. Mentioned but not visited. Anyway, Kardeiz refutes any connection with Monsalvat. However, note that the protagonist in Germelshausen and Brigadoon narratives cannot stay with their beloved in the ‘cursed town’ as to do so they must have no doubts or fears…

Graharz = the Avignon-Arles area, the castle is non-specific.

Hierusalëm = Jerusalem. Also call al-Quds. There are many variants of the name. I’ve chosen one from old French.

Iaca = Jaca, a city of one of the great medieval routes crossing the Pyrenees. Near Jaca is the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña, where legend has it that the chalice of the Last Supper was held for protection from the Muslims of Spain. This chalice is apparently the red agate cup now in Valencia’s cathedral. However, the monastery where Parzival meets Trevrizent is based on that of San Pedro de Siresa, where legend has it that the Holy Grail as found in the wall of the church and the founding abbot (in the 9th century) was called Zachariah. I seized on this serendipity.

Isinacha = Eisenach, Thuringia. The Wartburg Castle overlooks the town and is the legendary setting for the singers’ contest in Tannhäuser. Less legendary, it’s the place where Martin Luther threw an inkwell at the devil and missed.

Kanvolais = loosely based on Termes in the south of France and described in late medieval state, when the village was removed from abutting the walls to the current position along the river banks, fitting well with the time-slip nature of this history.

Kareol = a completely mythical bit of Brittany.

Kitezh = lost city, mythical, under Lake Svetloyar in central Russia. The myth surfaces in the 18th century, about a 12th century city.

Leuphana = difficult to place, speculation is that it is on the Elbe, therefore somewhere near Hamburg.

Libussa = Prague. Named after the mythical 8th century founder, Czech duchess and prophetess Libuše.

Lotharingia = Lorraine. Lower Lorraine is part of Godfroy V’s landholdings which he leaves to go on the First Crusade. He retains the title Dux, never wishing to be crowned king of Jerusalem.

Lud’s Town = London. Is Brân the Blessed’s head buried there? Possibly, although Gawan thinks it isn’t very effective as an invasion deterrent. Parzival points out that he isn’t an invasion, he was invited.

Lugdunum = Lyon.

Lyonesse = Land’s End (rather than the Scilly Isles or the sunken kingdom of Ys) – it is referred to but not visited in my stories.

Massalia = Marseilles. Gurnemanz has warehouses on some land there, and Kardeiz rented them for his alum trading.

Monsalvat = is out of time and out of space. The description of it in Goodly Company is an amalgam of many places. The walls and towers of Carcassonne; a flower strewn meadow above Delphi; the stream and willows of a recreation ground by which my grandparents lived and through which I walked to catch the train to work (via an encounter with a swan); the broadleaf woods I played in as a child. Imagine your ‘happy place’ – that’ll do.

Moriconium = Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset, a Roman harbour.

Namur = there’s a 10th century Merovingian castle there. No wonder Kardeiz visited. There is also a modern sculpture of the Four Sons of Aymon, a popular tale of rebellion against a vengeful and treacherous Charlemagne. Is this significant? Probably not.

Narbo = Narbonne

Norgals = mythical land holding attached to Waleis.

Oiasso – Irun. Remains of a harbour and baths have been found in Irun, pinpointing the ancient city centre. The Roman road runs from near Irun to Pamplona.

Pompaelo = Pamplona. The walls (and most of the city) were destroyed by Charlemagne just before the disastrous battle of Roncevaux.

Portus Dubris = Dover

Portus Namnetum = Nantes

Portus Vidana = the port of Darioritum (Vannes).

Roncevaux = site of the battle in which Charlemagne’s rearguard were slaughtered. The Song of Roland is the fictionalised account of this battle.

Rostov = a city possibly founded to guard the Volga trading route. Mikhail invites Parzival there. Parzival would have gone like a shot, had it not been for the advertised snow and ice. Parzival doesn’t like getting cold and wet, which he would inevitably do.

Rotomagus = Rouen, France.

Rutupiae = Richborough, near Sandwich, Kent.

Santen = Xanten. Headquarters of the completely mythical Royal School of Heralds. Kardeiz is a member of the League of Long Distance Heralds.

Tarraco = Tarragona

Thuringia = the green heart of Germany.

Tomb of the Giant = near Bouillon. Viewing point, attached to a legend of giant who refused to surrender to the Romans and instead committed suicide. The locals buried him there.

Trecorium = Tréguier, France

Waleis = a mythical landholding in Southern France, roughly the area between Perpignan and Narbonne in the east and Carcassonne and Rennes-le-Château in the west and therefore located in and by the historical Spanish marches.

Zazamanc = Tunisia. No basis for this. Possibly only the fact I’ve been there and can therefore imagine it. Somehow I think Feirefiz will not have to eat the vast amounts of raw cabbage that I did during my visit… Research literature places Zazamanc in Africa, Ethiopia and India, so it is unclear as to its geographical location. I’ve therefore made my choice.