Libro de Alexandre-A Review


Libro de Alexandre-A Review

Libro de Alexandre-A Review

Libro de Alexandre-A Review


‘Libro de Alexandre’ stands as an invaluable gem in the realm of medieval Spanish literature, offering readers a captivating journey through the life and exploits of the renowned historical figure, Alexander the Great. This anonymous epic, with its roots deeply embedded in medieval Europe, not only provides a vivid portrayal of Alexander’s adventures but also offers a unique perspective on the values, culture, and narrative styles of its time.

Narrative and Plot:

The narrative structure of ‘Libro de Alexandre’ follows the life of Alexander the Great, from his birth to his triumphant conquests and eventual death. The epic takes us through his various battles, alliances, and personal struggles. While the narrative adheres to the overarching historical framework, it also weaves in elements of mythology and legend, showcasing the medieval penchant for combining history with fantastical elements. The episodic nature of the storytelling allows readers to delve into distinct phases of Alexander’s life, creating a multifaceted portrait of the historical figure.


The epic introduces us to a diverse cast of characters, each contributing to the richness of the narrative. Alexander himself is depicted as a charismatic and ambitious leader, driven by a desire for conquest and fame. The supporting characters, including his loyal generals, mentors, and adversaries, are carefully crafted to reflect the medieval notions of honor, chivalry, and loyalty. The character development, while often adhering to archetypal roles, offers glimpses into the medieval understanding of human nature and the dynamics of power.

Language and Style:

The language used in ‘Libro de Alexandre’ captures the essence of medieval Spanish prose. The epic employs a rhythmic and lyrical style, employing poetic devices such as alliteration and parallelism. The use of metaphors and symbolism adds depth to the narrative, inviting readers to engage with both the literal and allegorical meanings. The vocabulary and syntax, reflective of the linguistic norms of the time, might pose a challenge for modern readers but also offer an opportunity to appreciate the linguistic evolution of the Spanish language.

Cultural and Historical Significance:

‘Libro de Alexandre’ provides a window into the medieval Spanish society’s values, aspirations, and worldview. The epic embodies the chivalric ideals of honor, bravery, and courtly love that were integral to the medieval ethos. The portrayal of Alexander as a larger-than-life hero reflects the fascination of medieval Europe with legendary figures and their deeds. The blending of historical events with imaginative elements demonstrates the interplay between history, folklore, and fiction in the medieval literary tradition.

Legacy and Influence:

The influence of ‘Libro de Alexandre’ extends beyond its immediate context. It contributes to the broader medieval tradition of chivalric romances, heroic epics, and courtly literature. Its narrative techniques, character portrayals, and fusion of history with mythology set the stage for later literary works that continue to explore similar themes. Furthermore, the epic’s representation of Alexander’s conquests and leadership resonates with subsequent historical and literary interpretations of his life, offering a timeless perspective on this iconic figure.


Libro de Alexandre’ holds a special place in the tapestry of medieval Spanish literature, offering a captivating blend of history, myth, and narrative artistry. Its portrayal of Alexander the Great’s adventures, set against the backdrop of medieval values and cultural norms, creates a multidimensional narrative that continues to captivate readers and scholars alike. This anonymous epic stands as a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and its ability to bridge the gap between the past and the present. 0 0 0.

Libro de Alexandre-A Review

N.B. The article originally belongs to the book entitled ‘The Reviews of Epic Literature Around the World‘ by Menonim Menonimus.

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