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Kyng Alisaunder — 8021 lines in couplets
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 348.5.
Title(s): Kyng Alisaunder
Subjects: romances; Alexander the Great
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 622 (SC 1414), ff. 27va-64ra
First Lines:
DIuers is þis myddellerde
To lewed men & to lerede…
Last Lines:
…þus ended Alisaunder þe kyng
God vs graunte his blissyng
Editions:
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 66-71 (extracts).
Smithers, G. V., ed. Kyng Alisaunder. 2 vols. EETS o.s. 227 (1952), 237 (1957); repr. 1961.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 278ra-279rb
First Lines:
…Kandidus wroþ went oway
& no com oȝain nouȝt mani a day…
Last Lines:
…Þus endeþ alisaunder þe king
God ous graunt his blisseng
Note: Fragmentary: lines corresponding to 7760-8021 of the Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 622 (SC 1414) copy.
Editions:
Turnbull, William Barclay David Donald, ed. The Romances of Rouland and Vernagu, and Otuel from the Auchinleck Manuscript. Abbotsford Club 4. Edinburgh, 1836: xx-xxvii.
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 66-71 (extracts).
Smithers, G. V., ed. Kyng Alisaunder. 2 vols. EETS o.s. 227 (1952), 237 (1957); repr. 1961.
3.Source: London, Lincoln’s Inn Hale 150, ff. 28-90
First Lines:
[D]iuers is þis myddel erde
to lerid men and to lewed
Bisyhed care and sorowe
Is wiþ mony vche a morowe…
Last Lines:
…Ȝeue ows alle his blessyng
And graunte ows alle god endyng
Note: Fragment corresponding to lines 1-4722, 5889-8028 of the Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 622 (SC 1414) copy; colophon couplet at end, by scribe, ‘Alisaunder me reowiþ þyn endyng / Þat þou nadest dyȝed in Cristanyng’ (f. 90). Guide letter for unexecuted initial ‘D’.
Attributed Title: Explicit Alisawndere (added by fifteenth-century hand, f. 90)
Editions:
Weber, Henry William. Metrical Romances of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries. 3 vols. Edinburgh: A. Carstalle, 1810: 1.3-327 (with gaps filled by 1217 lines of the Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 622 (SC 1414) copy).
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 66-71 (extracts).
Smithers, G. V., ed. Kyng Alisaunder. 2 vols. EETS o.s. 227 (1952), 237 (1957); repr. 1961.
4.Source: London, University of London MS 593
First Lines:
…[?]Þe meynee bu[…]ell heuen
[…]sc[…]ger[…]our…
Last Lines:
…[…]way fair wirynge
[…]þei morn[?][…]
Note: Fragment of one partial bifolium (lower part of leaf excised): corresponding to lines 6676-6850, 7214-7388 of the Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 622 (SC 1414) copy. The first recto and second verso are very worn and often illegible. Original foliation on the rectos the first very rubbed and faded: [?]‘xliij’ and ‘xliiij’.
Editions:
Waldron, R. A., ed. Medieval Literature and Civilization: studies in memory of G. N. Garmonsway. London: Athlone, 1969.
5.Source: St Andrews, St Andrews University Library PR2065.A15, ff. 1ra-2vb
First Lines:
…Ar þou ware in þi biȝeteinge
Of godes it was þi destininge
For al þis warld Y sigge it þe
Oþer wise no miȝt it be…
Last Lines:
…In mete and drink and reuerens
And ledeþ him bi siker pas…
Note: Two fragments from a bifolium, formerly part of Advocates’ 19.2.1: 150 lines between lines corresponding to 6856 and 7194 of the Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 622 (SC 1414) copy.
Editions:
Smithers, G. V., ed. Kyng Alisaunder. 2 vols. EETS o.s. 227 (1952), 237 (1957); repr. 1961: 364-81.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 321. [Romance of King Alexander], [R. Faques, 1525?] , sigs. P1-Q2v
First Lines:
…Perys & appullys hang on euery bowre
The heywarde blowith merely his horne…
Last Lines:
…Ol atred was kleped Ebemyn
The thre shynyd as beyght as golde…
Note: BL Bagford Ballads, 1. no. 27. Fragment of [12]+ p.: British Library C.40.m.9[27]
Editions:
Smithers, G. V., ed. Kyng Alisaunder. 2 vols. EETS o.s. 227 (1952), 237 (1957); repr. 1961: 364-81.
2.Source: STC 321.5. [The Book of Alexander the Great], [Arbuthnet, c. 1580] , ff.
Note: Variant; six leaves corresponding to lines 5548-6178 of the Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 622 (SC 1414) copy.
Editions:
Extracts from the Buike of King Alexander the Conquerour, a MS. in the Library of Taymouth Castle, 1831. Bannatyne Club, 1834.
Bülbring, Karl Daniel. “Vier neue Alexanderbruchstücke.” Englische Studien 13 (1889): 145-56: 146-51.