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|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|
|Type of government||Monarchy, current ruler: King Verence II and Queen Magrat|
|Imports||Knick-knacks for Mrs Ogg|
|Exports||Lancre Blue, tough wool (via the Zoons), Witches and Wizards.|
|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:
- Lancre Town - Capital, home of Nanny Ogg
- Lancre Castle - Residence of it's ruler
- Bad Ass - village of Granny Weatherwax
- Brass Neck - village under the Leaping Mountain
- Hot Dang - a lumberjacking settlement that represents the furthest reach of the Railways from Ankh-Morpork (at the time of writing of The Compleat Discworld Atlas.
- Mad Stoat - village of Magrat Garlick and later Agnes Nitt
- Slice - backward village where marrying your cousin is seen as posh
- Creel Springs - village close to Bear Mountain
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...