Asceticism, gallantry, or polygamy? Alexander's relationship with women as a topos in medieval romance traditions

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dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.15488/2983
dc.identifier.uri http://www.repo.uni-hannover.de/handle/123456789/3013
dc.contributor.author Müller, Sabine
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-28T13:27:45Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-28T13:27:45Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Müller, S.: Asceticism, gallantry, or polygamy? Alexander's relationship with women as a topos in medieval romance traditions. In: Medieval History Journal 11 (2008), Nr. 2, S. 259-287. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/097194580801100204
dc.description.abstract The legend of the ancient Macedonian ruler Alexander the Great was infused with new life in the Middle Ages. Medieval literature cast him as a popular subject, a moral exemplum and a model to be emulated by the nobility. One important aspect of this legend was his relationship with women that can be read as a marker of the different representations of the Alexander figure and their cultural contexts. This study examines the Alexander legend as it was reinvented in three major medieval texts, written by the French cleric Gautier de Châtillon, the German writer Johann Hartlieb and the Persian poet Nizami. While Christian literary representations reinvent Alexander as an ascetic, chaste figure, exalting fidelity to one woman, his wife Roxane and alternatively as an ideal of gallantry and courtliness, the Persian romance tradition portrayed him as an energetic, polygamous lover. In each case, his attitude towards women is deployed as a symbol of his political attributes. eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher London : SAGE Publications Ltd.
dc.relation.ispartofseries Medieval History Journal 11 (2008), Nr. 2
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dc.subject Alexander the Great eng
dc.subject history eng
dc.subject Middle Ages eng
dc.subject Medieval literature eng
dc.subject.ddc 900 | Geschichte und Geografie ger
dc.title Asceticism, gallantry, or polygamy? Alexander's relationship with women as a topos in medieval romance traditions
dc.type article
dc.type Text
dc.relation.issn 0971-9458
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/097194580801100204
dc.bibliographicCitation.issue 2
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume 11
dc.bibliographicCitation.firstPage 259
dc.bibliographicCitation.lastPage 287
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