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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 during which a medieval British matriarchal legend, the Albina narrative, was once paired over the years with a patriarchal narrative, which was once already broadly 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 types in French, Latin, English, Welsh, and Dutch. This research 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 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 through 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 present day that comprise types of the Albina story. regardless of this, even though, fairly little glossy scholarship has desirous about this broadly disseminated and tailored legend. This booklet presents the first-ever assessment of the whole Albina culture, from its roots to its eventual loss of life as a popularly approved 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 impacts at the improvement of the culture are addressed. the story is considered via various lenses to signify methods it might probably have functioned or was once positioned to take advantage of within the center a long time. The research concludes with an summary of the narrative's loss of life within the Renaissance. this can be a priceless reference resource for medievalists and different students attracted to chronicle reviews, literature, folklore, origin narratives, manuscript reviews, and historiography. it is going to even be precious to paintings 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 permitted societal norm will allure the curiosity of students in feminist stories. because the first research of the Albina culture as an entire, it will likely be a important cornerstone for later studies.

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