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date: 24 August 2019

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This article examines writings about originary myths and the stories of the people in England during the medieval period. It explains that these myths and stories they proclaimed a people's glorious ancestry and they provided a means of understanding or creating a paradigm for communal and national self-understanding and cohesion. Stories of beginnings also allowed writers and audiences to conceptualize and imagine Britishness in multiple ways, for multiple purposes.

Keywords: originary myths, England, medieval period, glorious ancestry, self-understanding, Britishness

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