Note to King Lear, 1.1.2


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Albany . . . Cornwall: In legend, "Albany" and "Cornwall" are names for the outlying regions of England. "Albany" is the northern region, and "Cornwall" (still the name of the southwestern-most shire) is the southern region. So it seems that King Lear intends to give the center of his kingdom (the most desirable part) to his youngest and most beloved, Cordelia.