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German Alexander Romances

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Three medieval works about Alexander belong to the Scandinavian world. Two of these are major literary achievements in their respective languages: the first is the Old Norse Alexanders saga (AS) which is a close paraphrase, in prose, of Walter of Châtillon’s Alexandreis; the second is the Old Swedish Konung Alexander (KoA), a metrical version of the Historia de preliis in its J2 form. The remaining, less significant, piece is the Bréf Alexandri Magni (Bréf ), an Old Norse adaptation of the Epistola Alexandri ad Aristotelem. The main source for AS is Walter of Châtillon's Alexandreis (Alex.), which the saga follows section by section with no major additions except in the first few pages. KoA is anonymous, but it is known from its epilogue that it was translated from Latin on behalf of Riksdrots Bo Jonsson (Grip), which implies that the translator probably belonged to the chancellor's circle.

Keywords:Alexander literature; Bréf Alexandri Magni (Bréf ); Konung Alexander (KoA); Scandinavia



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