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 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. by way 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 examine investigates the classical roots of the narrative and the methods it was once manipulated within the center a long time 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 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 quite a few different chronicles and romances. In overall, there are over 230 manuscripts surviving this present day that comprise types of the Albina story. regardless of this, even if, really little glossy scholarship has fascinated about this broadly disseminated and tailored legend. This publication offers the first-ever assessment of the complete 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 origin legend are thought of. Folkloric, biblical, and felony affects at the improvement of the culture are addressed. the story is considered via a number of lenses to signify methods it might have functioned or used to be positioned to exploit within the heart a while. The research concludes with an summary of the narrative's death within the Renaissance. this can be a worthy reference resource for medievalists and different students attracted to chronicle reviews, literature, folklore, beginning narratives, manuscript stories, and historiography. it is going to even be worthwhile to artwork historians who desire to examine 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, it is going to be a helpful cornerstone for later studies.
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Albina and Her Sisters: The Foundation of Albion - Student Edition by Lisa M. Ruch