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Many cultures, together with Greeks, Romans, French, and British, have taken nice delight in legends that recount the basis in their society. This publication demonstrates the contexts within which a medieval British matriarchal legend, the Albina narrative, was once paired through the years with a patriarchal narrative, which used to be already broadly 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 learn investigates the classical roots of the narrative and the methods it used to be manipulated within the heart a long time to operate as a countrywide origin legend. Of especial curiosity are the dynamic features 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 heart a long time of the Albina narrative is attested to by means of its inclusion in approximately the entire extant manuscripts of the center English Prose Brut, some of the French and Latin Bruts, and in numerous different chronicles and romances. In overall, there are over 230 manuscripts surviving at the present time that include types of the Albina story. regardless of this, besides the fact that, particularly little glossy scholarship has excited about this largely disseminated and tailored legend. This booklet presents the first-ever evaluation of the whole Albina culture, from its roots to its eventual loss of life 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 felony affects at the improvement of the culture are addressed. the story is considered via quite a few lenses to signify methods it will probably have functioned or was once placed to take advantage of within the heart a long time. The learn 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 drawn to chronicle stories, literature, folklore, origin narratives, manuscript experiences, and historiography. it is going to even be valuable to paintings historians who desire to learn many 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 a complete, it will likely be a priceless cornerstone for later studies.

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