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Alexander Literature In English And Scots

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The German Song of Alexander is the first example of the influence exercised by French literature of the Middle Ages on medieval German literature. Rudolf von Ems wrote, a romance of Alexander, left unfinished, and around 1250 a Universal Chronicle, which also remained unfinished. Ulrich von Etzenbach was the first poet of the German language in Bohemia who between 1270 and 1286, wrote the most monumental poem of Alexander of the end of the Middle Ages in Germany to the glory of the king of Bohemia Ottokar II and, after Ottokar's death, to the glory of Wenceslas II. In 1352, an Austrian poet, who called himself armer Seyfrit (poor Seyfrit) completed a new adaptation of the Historia de preliis Alexandri magni (HP), to which he made a certain number of additions. The last rhymed version of Alexander is the Großer Alexander (Alexander the Great), called the Alexander of Wernigerode.

Keywords:armer Seyfrit; German Alexander romances; Großer Alexander; Rudolf von Ems; Song of Alexander; Ulrich von Etzenbach

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