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How Brutus of Troy Became Britain’s First King : An early mediaeval myth linking British civilization to the Fall of Troy.
How Brutus of Troy Became Britain’s First King

Based on Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ‘History of Britain’ (12th century) and the ‘History of the Britons’ by Nennius (9th century).

There is no historical basis for this legend whatsoever. But despite their differences, Anglo-Saxons and Normans alike knew that a classical Greek pedigree is a prerequisite for any self-respecting nation.

BRUTUS was a prince of Italy, and the great-grandson of Aeneas, the hero of Troy.

One day, Brutus shot his own father in a hunting accident, and fled to Greece. There he found many of his fellow Trojans, still oppressed by the Greeks who had tamed them so long before.

With great courage and generalship Brutus delivered them from the tyrant Pandrasus, whose daughter he took to wife; and together with his loyal followers, he set sail to find a kingdom of his own.

Guided by Diana the huntress, Brutus came at last to the Island of Albion, where none but a few giants dwelt. There he founded his realm, and became Britain’s first King.

Based on Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ‘History of Britain’ (12th century) and the ‘History of the Britons’ by Nennius (9th century).

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