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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 basis in their society. This booklet 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 commonly disseminated, resulting in the attribution of British origins to the warrior Brutus. through the shut of the center a long time, the Albina story had seemed in a number of models in French, Latin, English, Welsh, and Dutch. This research investigates the classical roots of the narrative and the methods it was once manipulated within the heart a long time to operate as a countrywide origin 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 fulfill the altering wishes of medieval writers and audiences. The forex within the center a while of the Albina narrative is attested to by means of its inclusion in approximately the entire extant manuscripts of the center English Prose Brut, a few of the French and Latin Bruts, and in various different chronicles and romances. In overall, there are over 230 manuscripts surviving at the present time that comprise types of the Albina story. regardless of this, besides the fact that, quite little glossy scholarship has fascinated by this greatly disseminated and tailored legend. This publication presents the first-ever assessment of the full Albina culture, from its roots to its eventual loss of life as a popularly permitted 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 felony impacts at the improvement of the culture are addressed. the story is seen via various lenses to indicate methods it may well have functioned or was once placed to exploit within the heart a long time. The research concludes with an summary of the narrative's dying within the Renaissance. this can be a precious reference resource for medievalists and different students attracted to chronicle reports, literature, folklore, starting place narratives, manuscript reports, and historiography. it is going to even be important 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 stories. because the first research of the Albina culture as a complete, will probably be a necessary cornerstone for later studies.

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