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The Ethiopic Alexander Romance

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Walter was born in the vicinity of Lille, one life specifying Ronchin as the town of his birth. Walter studied in Paris under Stephen of Beauvais; one life adding that Walter studied with him at Rheims as well. The lives and manuscript notices give a number of different motivations for the composition of the Alexandreis, most focusing on Archbishop William. The dating of the Alexandreis has vexed scholars in recent years. It has become a commonplace to assert that Walter of Châtillon was a best seller. The Alexandreis has been available in print since before 1500, having been printed at Rouen by Guillaume de Tailleur, perhaps in 1487. Walter of Châtillon was both an extremely well educated reader and a reader actively engaged with a wide range of classical and medieval texts, both sacred and secular.

Keywords:Alexandreis; Walter of Châtillon



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