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 generally disseminated, resulting in the attribution of British origins to the warrior Brutus. by means 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 used to be manipulated within the center a while to operate as a countrywide origin 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 heart a while 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 at the present time that comprise models of the Albina story. regardless of this, despite the fact that, really little glossy scholarship has interested in this largely disseminated and tailored legend. This e-book presents the first-ever evaluate of the full Albina culture, from its roots to its eventual dying 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 considered via numerous lenses to signify methods it will probably have functioned or was once placed to exploit within the center a long time. The examine concludes with an summary of the narrative's dying within the Renaissance. it is a precious reference resource for medievalists and different students attracted to chronicle stories, literature, folklore, origin narratives, manuscript reports, and historiography. it is going to even be invaluable to artwork historians who desire to learn a few of the depictions of the Albina narrative in illuminated texts. The tale's emphasis on matriarchy and its subversion of the approved societal norm will allure the curiosity of students in feminist experiences. because the first research of the Albina culture as a complete, it will likely be a worthy cornerstone for later studies.
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