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The Alexander Tradition In Spain

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Alexander and the literature about him, in fact, form a strong thread running through the fabric of English and Scots poetry and prose from near the beginning to the very end of medieval productivity, although it temporarily disappeared when the English language itself was in abeyance after the Norman Conquest. Following the Norman Conquest and the eventual end of literary productivity in Old English, works of imaginative literature in the English language are relatively scarce until around 1300. It is not surprising, therefore, that there is no more Alexander literature in English before the appearance of Kyng Alisaunder (KA) in the early 14th century. A minor prose work, though one entirely focused on Alexander, is the Middle English version of the Epistola Alexandri ad Aristotelem.

Keywords:Alexander literature; Middle English version; Scots poetry



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