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Amadis of Gaul, Books III and IV: A Novel of Chivalry of the 14th Century presumably first written in Spanish

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In the long history of European prose, few works have been more influential and popular than Amadis of Gaul. It is a landmark work among the knight-errantry tales and probably derives from an oral tradition. Although its original author is unknown, it was likely written during the early fourteenth century, with the first known version of this work, dating from 1508, writte ...more
Paperback, 744 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by University Press of Kentucky (first published 1508)
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Samuel Valentino
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A tough book to get through (both this one and the two parts that make up volume one), but at the end more than worth it.

First the hard part - there is a lot of court etiquette, that can be interesting, but often slows the action down for several chapters at a time while everyone is being polite to one another. Chretien, for example, would probably have abbreviated much of it while still getting the same effect. So in parts it is very slow reading, and not for everyone.

Now the positives. The plo
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Bryn Hammond
As recommended by Don Quixote himself, and saved from the bonfire of chivalry by the barber.
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Spanish writer famous for Amadis of Gaul books.First one published posthumously in 1508, probably from an earlier 14th century author either Portuguese or French.