This Middle English poem of the late 14th or early 15th century is preserved in part in two northern manuscripts, Bodley MS Ashmole 44 and Trinity College, Dublin MS 213. It is based on the popular Latin account of Alexander the Great, the "Historia de Preliis". It takes account of the readings of the two manuscripts, both the relationship of the poem to its source and the poet's metrical practice. The introduction discusses the manuscripts, the different versions of the Latin source, the metre of the poem, its language and dialect and the editorial principles employed. The text is accompanied by variant readings, with full explanatory notes.
`the arguments are presented scrupulously and in details, and the evidence of the resulting text suggests that the editors are right to offer readings which in their judgement are more authentic than those contained in the manuscripts. The account of the principles and procedures used is clear and illuminating and extremely interesting; it raises issues about the metrical system of alliterative verse which require to be pursued further by scholars working with
other alliterative material. The annotation is generous and helful, and the glossary clearly and logically arranged.
Review of English `The editors' methodology ... provides a logical system of clarifying not only problems of prosody but also those of dialect ... The editors have fulfilled their stated aim - the establishment of text, textual and linguistic backgrounds, and sources for a little-edited Middle English alliterative romance.'
Studies in the Age of Chaucer
Series: Early English Text Society Supplementary Series
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 20th July 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.3
Weight (kg): 0.66