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IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1313: Myth and Identity in Medieval Britain, III: Myths of Origin

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval & Early Modern Research Initiative, Cardiff University
Organiser:Victoria Shirley, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Barbara Ellen Logan, Department of History, University of Wyoming
Paper 1313-aFrom Dares of Phrygia to Geoffrey of Monmouth: The Trojan Origins of the British in Manuscripts
(Language: English)
N Yavuz, Den Arnamagn√¶anske Samling, K√łbenhavns Universitet
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1313-bBrutus, Albina, and Scota: Competing Origin Stories in 14th-Century England and Scotland
(Language: English)
Victoria Shirley, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Comparative
Paper 1313-cMarking Connection and Difference: English Heraldry and the Trojans
(Language: English)
Sheri Chriqui, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Art History - General, Heraldry

The third session in this strand considers the different uses of the Trojan myth of origins that was popularized by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century. The first paper examines the dissemination and reception of the story of the Trojan origins of the British by looking at manuscript compilations, especially those that include Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britanniae and Dares of Phrygia's De excidio Troiae historia. The second paper focuses on the origin stories of Albina and Scota, and it will suggest that these new myths that emerged in 14th-century England and Scotland represent a political crisis concerning the ideological function of the Trojan origin story. The final paper discusses how the Trojan myth was used in English heraldry during the 15th century to construct an ancient and authoritative foundation for a new profession.