By Lisa M. Ruch
Many cultures, together with Greeks, Romans, French, and British, have taken nice satisfaction 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 over the years with a patriarchal narrative, which was once already extensively 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 models 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 starting place 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 satisfy the altering wishes of medieval writers and audiences. The foreign money within the center a long time 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 number of the French and Latin Bruts, and in a number of different chronicles and romances. In overall, there are over 230 manuscripts surviving this day that include types of the Albina story. regardless of this, even if, particularly little sleek scholarship has fascinated with this greatly disseminated and tailored legend. This booklet presents the first-ever assessment of the whole Albina culture, from its roots to its eventual dying as a popularly accredited 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 felony impacts at the improvement of the culture are addressed. the story is considered via numerous lenses to signify methods it will probably have functioned or was once positioned to take advantage of within the heart a long time. The examine concludes with an outline of the narrative's dying within the Renaissance. it is a invaluable reference resource for medievalists and different students drawn to chronicle experiences, literature, folklore, origin narratives, manuscript reports, and historiography. it is going to even be precious 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 accredited societal norm will allure the curiosity of students in feminist stories. because the first research of the Albina culture as an entire, will probably be a important cornerstone for later studies.
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Albina and Her Sisters: The Foundation of Albion - Student Edition by Lisa M. Ruch