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By Lisa M. Ruch
Many cultures, together with Greeks, Romans, French, and British, have taken nice satisfaction in legends that recount the basis in their society. This e-book demonstrates the contexts within which a medieval British matriarchal legend, the Albina narrative, used to be paired over the years with a patriarchal narrative, which used to be already commonly disseminated, resulting in the attribution of British origins to the warrior Brutus. by means of the shut of the center a while, the Albina story had seemed in a number of models in French, Latin, English, Welsh, and Dutch. This learn investigates the classical roots of the narrative and the methods it used to be manipulated within the center a while to operate as a countrywide beginning legend. Of especial curiosity are the dynamic characteristics of the textual content: the way it used to be tailored over the span of 2 centuries to fulfill the altering wishes of medieval writers and audiences. The foreign money within the center a while of the Albina narrative is attested to by way of its inclusion in approximately all of the extant manuscripts of the center English Prose Brut, a few 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 include models of the Albina story. regardless of this, despite the fact that, particularly little glossy scholarship has occupied with this extensively disseminated and tailored legend. This publication presents the first-ever assessment of the whole Albina culture, from its roots to its eventual loss of life as a popularly authorized narrative. The Classical foundation of the narrative within the Hypermnestra tale and the methods it used to be manipulated within the medieval period to operate as a countrywide origin legend are thought of. Folkloric, biblical, and felony affects at the improvement of the culture are addressed. the story is seen via a number of lenses to indicate methods it might probably have functioned or was once placed to exploit within the center a long time. The learn concludes with an outline of the narrative's dying within the Renaissance. it is a invaluable reference resource for medievalists and different students attracted to chronicle stories, literature, folklore, origin narratives, manuscript experiences, and historiography. it is going to even be priceless to paintings historians who desire to research a few of the depictions of the Albina narrative in illuminated texts. The tale's emphasis on matriarchy and its subversion of the authorised societal norm will allure the curiosity of students in feminist experiences. because the first research of the Albina culture as a complete, it will likely be a important cornerstone for later studies.
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