The Medieval Romance of Alexander

The Medieval Romance of Alexander

The Deeds and Conquests of Alexander the Great

Jehan Wauquelin

Translated by Nigel Bryant


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Nigel Bryant's is the first translation of an example of the many medieval romances about Alexander, as popular in their day as those about Arthur.
The figure of Alexander the Great haunted the medieval imagination - as much as Arthur, as much as Charlemagne. His story was translated more often in medieval Europe than any work except the Gospels. Yet only small sections of the Alexander Romance have been translated into modern French, and Nigel Bryant's is the first translation into English.
The Deeds and Conquests of Alexander the Great is Jehan Wauquelin's superb compendium, written for the Burgundian court in the mid-fifteenth century, which draws together all the key elements of the Alexandrian tradition.With great clarity and intelligence Wauquelin produced a redaction of all the major Alexander romances of the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth centuries - including the verse Roman d'Alexandre, The Vows of the Peacock and La Venjance Alixandre - to tell the whole story of Alexander's miraculous birth and childhood, his conquests of Persia and India, his battles with fabulous beasts and outlandish peoples, his journeys in the sky and under the sea, his poisoning at Babylon and the vengeance taken by his son.
This is an accomplished and exciting work by a notable writer at the Burgundian court who perfectly understood the appeal of the great conqueror to ambitious dukes intent upon extending their dominions.

Nigel Bryant has translated five major Arthurian romances from medieval French, including Perceforest in which Alexander features prominently. He has also translated the fourteenth-century chronicles of Jean le Bel.

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324 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Paperback, 9781843845201, January 2019
Hardback, 9781843843320, November 2012
Library eBook
BISAC LCO017000, LCO008020
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Table of Contents

Book One
Book Two
Appendix 1 How Nectanebus fathered Alexander
Appendix 2 Aristotle's advice to Alexander
Appendix 3 Jacques de Longuyon's excursus on the Nine Worthies


Nigel Bryant's translation of Jehan Wauquelin's The Medieval Romance of Alexander, is, without a doubt, a very important book. This text fills a gap because it supplies the first English translation of what is inarguably the most important French text of the Alexander romance. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

When one reads this excellent translation, Bryant's comments about Waquelin's craft ring true, for Waquelin has an "excellent sense of pace, rhythm and proportion." [...] Highly recommended. CHOICE

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