Lancre

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Lancre
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Established
Motto
Neighbours Ohulan Cutash, The Chalk, Überwald, Skund (usually)
Geographical Features the Ramtops, the Lancre River, The Place Where The Sun Does Not Shine
Population for tax reasons, 2, but somewhere near 600
Size Roughly 400 sq. miles
Capital Lancre Town
Type of government Monarchy, current ruler: King Verence II and Queen Magrat
Notable Citizens {{{notablecitizens}}}
Imports Knick-knacks for Mrs Ogg
Exports Lancre Blue, tough wool (via the Zoons), Witches and Wizards.
National Anthem
Books The Witches Series centres on Lancre.


A small kingdom in the Ramtops, Lancre is homeland to many witches and wizards. Wizards tend to move over to Unseen University (including Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully and former Archchancellor Galder Weatherwax), but famous Lancre witches including Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick (now retired, being queen and all...) and Agnes Nitt stick around. The King and husband to Magrat is Verence II.

Major appearances in most or all of the Witches Series, and sometimes mentioned in other books as the place-nobody-has-heard-of from which people come to big cities and achieve great things. Politically, Lancre is the largest kingdom on the Ramtops (consisting of a village AND a castle), the representative country that people of other regions think of when they think of the Ramtops. It actually contains a fair amount of land, the problem being that this land is packed so close together that it is almost vertical (the only piece of flat land the people of Lancre have is in a museum). King Verence II is very forward-looking, and tries to build a democracy with diplomatic relations.


Lancre encompasses the following settlements:

Annotations

The name may come from Pierre de Lancre, a 16th/17th century witch hunter.

Due to the hard-nosed, stoic and general down-to-earth nature of both the country and its people, not to mention the regrettable business at Pendle in the mid-1600's, it is also reasonable to assume that there is a large dollop of Lancashire in there too...

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