King Bladud, the legendary founder of Bath, tries to fly

King Bladud, the legendary founder of Bath, tries to fly

Amy Jeffs

£45.00

Amy Jeffs’ work is inspired by the medieval manuscript she researched for her PhD. The linocuts displayed here were made in the belief that Britain’s current identity crisis is as much a confusion of apocrypha as it is of facts.

The whole series consists of seven episodes from the original Latin version of the myth, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, written in 1136 for the Norman elite of England. They explore the fantasy of Britishness.

King Bladud, the legendary founder of Bath, tries to fly

The History of the Kings of Britain, Ch. II. 11

“[King] Bladud was a most ingenious man who encouraged necromancy throughout the kingdom of Britain. He pressed on with his experiments and finally constructed a pair of wings for himself and tried to fly through the upper air. He came down on top of the Temple of Apollo in the town of Trinovantum [which be- came London] and was dashed into countless fragments. After Bladud had met his fate in this way, his son Leir was raised to the kingship.”

Linocut print on 200gm paper

H 15 x W 21 cm

H 32 x W 44 cm (framed)

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