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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, was once paired over the years with a patriarchal narrative, which used to be already largely disseminated, resulting in the attribution of British origins to the warrior Brutus. by way of the shut of the center a long time, the Albina story had seemed in a number of types in French, Latin, English, Welsh, and Dutch. This examine investigates the classical roots of the narrative and the methods it used to be manipulated within the heart a while to operate as a countrywide beginning legend. Of especial curiosity are the dynamic traits of the textual content: the way it used to be tailored over the span of 2 centuries to satisfy the altering wishes of medieval writers and audiences. The forex within the heart a long time of the Albina narrative is attested to via its inclusion in approximately all of the extant manuscripts of the center English Prose Brut, some of the French and Latin Bruts, and in various different chronicles and romances. In overall, there are over 230 manuscripts surviving this day that include models of the Albina story. regardless of this, besides the fact that, quite little glossy scholarship has excited by this generally disseminated and tailored legend. This e-book offers the first-ever evaluation of the complete Albina culture, from its roots to its eventual death as a popularly authorised 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 beginning legend are thought of. Folkloric, biblical, and criminal affects at the improvement of the culture are addressed. the story is seen via quite a few lenses to signify methods it could possibly have functioned or was once positioned to exploit within the center a while. The research concludes with an outline of the narrative's death within the Renaissance. this can be a invaluable reference resource for medievalists and different students attracted to chronicle experiences, literature, folklore, starting place narratives, manuscript stories, and historiography. it is going to even be important to paintings historians who desire to examine some of the depictions of the Albina narrative in illuminated texts. The tale's emphasis on matriarchy and its subversion of the permitted societal norm will allure the curiosity of students in feminist reports. because the first research of the Albina culture as a complete, it will likely be a precious cornerstone for later studies.

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