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Wren Display: The Romance of Alexander

Roman d’Alexandre (Roman de Toute Chevalerie)

England, c.1150

The text of Thomas of Kent’s Roman de Toute Chevalerie (the Romance of Alexander) is in Anglo-Norman and is a poem on the life and travels of Alexander. It is much concerned with Alexander’s military exploits and with the marvels seen on his travels in the East. It was written in the second half of the 12th century.

Trinity’s copy, which belonged to Thomas Gale and was given in 1738 to the College by his son Roger Gale, is one of the very few illustrated copies of a secular romance to survive from the period.


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