Thomas de Kent

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Thomas de Kent or Thomas of Kent was a twelfth-century Anglo-Norman writer who wrote the Alexander romance Roman de toute chevalerie.

The work derives from the Zacher Epitome of Julius Valerius Alexander Polemius, [1] but differs in certain respects. For example, it maps conquests by cardinal direction. This allows him to explain certain wonders in terms of a climate theory. Hercules is also invoked in comparison and the "exoticism" of the Orient is said to be rendered more excessively alluring and luxurious. [2]

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  1. The Medieval Alexander. CUP Archive. pp. 35–36. GGKEY:92RRW5Y862R.
  2. Suzanne Conklin Akbari (8 May 2012). Idols in the East: European Representations of Islam and the Orient, 1100–1450. Cornell University Press. pp. 90–102. ISBN   0-8014-6497-8.