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By Lisa M. Ruch

Many cultures, together with Greeks, Romans, French, and British, have taken nice delight in legends that recount the root in their society. This ebook demonstrates the contexts within which a medieval British matriarchal legend, the Albina narrative, used to be paired through the years with a patriarchal narrative, which was once already greatly disseminated, resulting in the attribution of British origins to the warrior Brutus. through the shut of the center a while, the Albina story had seemed in a number of types in French, Latin, English, Welsh, and Dutch. This learn investigates the classical roots of the narrative and the methods it was once manipulated within the heart a while to operate as a countrywide origin legend. Of especial curiosity are the dynamic characteristics of the textual content: the way it was once tailored over the span of 2 centuries to satisfy the altering wishes of medieval writers and audiences. The forex within the center a long time of the Albina narrative is attested to by means of its inclusion in approximately all of the extant manuscripts of the center English Prose Brut, a number of the French and Latin Bruts, and in quite a few different chronicles and romances. In overall, there are over 230 manuscripts surviving this present day that comprise models of the Albina story. regardless of this, in spite of the fact that, quite little sleek scholarship has inquisitive about this largely disseminated and tailored legend. This e-book offers the first-ever evaluation of the total Albina culture, from its roots to its eventual dying as a popularly approved narrative. The Classical foundation of the narrative within the Hypermnestra tale and the methods it was once manipulated within the medieval period to operate as a countrywide origin legend are thought of. Folkloric, biblical, and criminal impacts at the improvement of the culture are addressed. the story is considered via numerous lenses to signify methods it will possibly have functioned or used to be placed to exploit within the center a while. The research concludes with an outline of the narrative's loss of life within the Renaissance. it is a worthwhile reference resource for medievalists and different students drawn to chronicle experiences, literature, folklore, beginning narratives, manuscript experiences, and historiography. it is going to even be necessary to paintings historians who desire to examine a number of the depictions of the Albina narrative in illuminated texts. The tale's emphasis on matriarchy and its subversion of the approved societal norm will allure the curiosity of students in feminist stories. because the first research of the Albina culture as an entire, it will likely be a precious cornerstone for later studies.

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