Gower Bibliography

Diabolical Treachery in the Tale of Nectanabus.

Beidler, Peter G. "Diabolical Treachery in the Tale of Nectanabus." In John Gower's Literary Transformations in the Confessio Amantis: Original Articles and Translations. Ed. Beidler, Peter G. Washington, D. C.: University Press of America, 1982, pp. 83-90. ISBN 081915962


Beidler compares Gower's Tale of Nectanabus (CA 6.1789-2366) with its primary source in Thomas of Kent's Anglo-Norman "Roman de toute Chevalerie," identifying ways in which Gower transforms "the story of the birth of Alexander into the story of the treachery of Nectanabus" by ameliorating the character of Queen Olimpias and, perhaps, by creating a "kind of rough parallel to the New Testament stories of the Annuniciation and Christ's birth." [MA]

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Subjects:Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
Confessio Amantis

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