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Medieval French Alexander Romances

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The two most important romances concerning Alexander in medieval Christian Spain are the Libro de Alexandre and the Historia novelada de Alejandro Magno. Despite many efforts to attribute authorship to the Libro de Alexandre the work remains anonymous. There are two important manuscripts of the Libro de Alexandre. The first, MS O in the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid under signatura Vit. 5–10, is probably attributable to the scribe Juan Lorenzo de Astorga, from the end of the XIII century. The author portrays the hero through his words and deeds as a man of both action and wisdom. His dual nature is the subject of many verses. The Historia novelada de Alejandro Magno (HNAM) ties Alexander closer to his Egyptian demi-god father than other Spanish texts.

Keywords:Alexander tradition in Spain; Libro de Alexandre



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