Duke Gorlois is Igraine's first husband. At the beginning he appears as a compassionate man because he allows Igraine to raise their daughter and does not pressure her to bear a son right away. At first glimpse, Gorlois seems to be a patient and kind man, although he is more than twice Igraine's age. He is kind to her when her family seemingly abandons Igraine. However, there are moments where he speaks condescendingly to her; he does not treat her as an equal. He honors her as required through custom, law, and religion, but he does not truly see his wife as an equal. It becomes evident on their trip to Londinium that Gorlois is insecure as Igraine's husband. He is proud and jealous. He knows he is old for her and is quite afraid he will lose her. These traits come out more and more as Igraine's destiny becomes intertwined with Uther's.