Brutus of Troy

And the Quest for the Ancestry of the British
Author(s): Anthony Adolph
Original Publish Date: Nov 30, 2015
Product Number: EB00755558
Released: Mar 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781473849181
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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A "fascinating [and] unique exploration" of the mythological founder of Britain, divine ancestor of King Arthur, and symbol of British identity (Your Family History). Believed to be a great-great-great grandson of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Brutus of Troy led a voyage from Greece to Britain. Landing at Totnes in Devon, it is said that Brutus overthrew the giants who lived there, laid the foundations of Oxford University and London, and sired a line of kings that includes King Arthur and the ancestors of the present Royal Family. Genealogist Anthony Adolph traces the legend of Brutus of Troy from the Roman times onwards, looking at his popularity, his mentions in fiction, and his place in mythology of some of London's landmarks. Brutus' story played a crucial role in royal propaganda and foreign policy. His tale also inspired poets and playwrights including Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Pope, Wordworth, Dickens, and Blake. Brutus of Troy delves into how the myth shaped Britain's identity and gave the nation a place in Classical mythologies and the Bible.

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