Whenever a King of Narnia's full title is mentioned in the Chronicles of Narnia, it is mentioned that he is "Emperor of the Lone Islands". Why are the Lone Islands always governed by an "Emperor"? Shouldn't the King of Narnia be a "King" over everything and not an "Emperor" over a select few islands?


As per a reference in chapter 8 of The Last Battle, the Lone Islands made Gale the King of Narnia (and all his descendants) Emperor of the Lone Islands. Although sovereign of the lone islands, the islands were in fact governed by a governor, up until the point Caspian did away the post (since the recently deposed governor had been a thoroughly despicable man) and replaced it with a hereditary lord.

That king (or queen) could also be an emperor was rooted in historical fact, Queen Victoria was Empress of India but was Queen of the United Kingdom.

"Victoria, in full Alexandrina Victoria, ... queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1837–1901) and empress of India (1876–1901)."


The specific title a monarch takes for each of their dominions often stems from how it was acquired. In this case, I think it is Lewis being dramatic, since Gale was granted the title for slaying a dragon, rather than through military conquest.

  • Could you add a reference? Nov 14 '21 at 20:04
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    That historical example (very recent at the time, as King George VI had only been forced to abandon the title “Emperor of India” three years before Lewis published The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) might have come about because Queen Victoria’s daughter had married the oldest son of the King of Prussia, who then declared himself to be the Emperor of Germany. Suddenly, the younger Victoria was next in line to be Empress of Germany. Some suspect that Queen Victoria wanted to be an empress too because she would not let her daughter outrank her.
    – Davislor
    Nov 15 '21 at 6:36
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    There's a few other examples historically en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King-Emperor . Amusingly I was thinking of the king of prussia/Emperor of Germany but... there's more Nov 15 '21 at 6:38
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    @JourneymanGeek The others listed there were of Emperors who were also the King of one or more parts of their empire. This example is perhaps more like the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary, in that it is more of a personal union of a kingdom and an empire that are both autonomous, but have the same monarch. But the Habsburgs considered Emperor their highest title.
    – Davislor
    Nov 15 '21 at 6:45
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    @M.A.Golding - None of those comments added anything to this answer. It's your opinion, which is evidently very different to C.S. Lewis' opinion and doesn't affect the official titles of real world historical figures. Nov 15 '21 at 19:43

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