By Lisa M. Ruch
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 through the years with a patriarchal narrative, which used to be already commonly disseminated, resulting in the attribution of British origins to the warrior Brutus. through the shut of the center a long time, the Albina story had seemed in a number of types 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 beginning legend. Of especial curiosity are the dynamic features of the textual content: the way it was once 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 via its inclusion in approximately the entire 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 include models of the Albina story. regardless of this, although, rather little glossy scholarship has all in favour of this extensively disseminated and tailored legend. This ebook offers the first-ever review of the total Albina culture, from its roots to its eventual death as a popularly authorised 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 criminal impacts at the improvement of the culture are addressed. the story is seen via a number of lenses to indicate methods it will possibly have functioned or was once positioned to take advantage of within the center a while. The examine concludes with an outline of the narrative's loss of life within the Renaissance. this can be a beneficial reference resource for medievalists and different students drawn to chronicle stories, literature, folklore, starting place narratives, manuscript experiences, and historiography. it's going to even be helpful to artwork historians who desire to examine many 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 reviews. because the first research of the Albina culture as an entire, it is going to be a helpful cornerstone for later studies.