Amadis of Gaula I

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Hardcover ISBN: 9788411266109
Typographic rustic ISBN: 9788498168143

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Amadís de Gaula is a masterpiece of fantasy literature in Spanish and the most famous of the so-called books of chivalry, which were all the rage throughout the 16th century in Spain. At the end of the fifteenth century Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo prepared his definitive version. Its oldest known edition is that of Zaragoza of 1508, with the name of The four books of Amadís de Gaula.
However, it is a much earlier work, which already existed in three books since the fourteenth century. This is stated in works by Foreign Minister Pero López de Ayala and Pero Ferrús. Montalvo confesses to having amended the first three books and being the author of the fourth. Everything indicates that the original version of Amadis was Portuguese.
It has been attributed to several authors:

  • the Portuguese Chronicle of Gomes Eanes de Azurara, written in 1454, mentions as its author a certain Vasco de Lobeira who was knighted at the battle of Aljubarrota (1385).
  • Other sources say that the author of the Amadís de Gaula was a certain João de Lobeira, and not the troubadour Vasco de Lobeira.

The acceptance of the Amadís de Gaula determined that this work became a paradigm or reference model for other writers. The story of the heroic knight-errant who stood out for his idyllic love fidelity was a starting point for a very enduring literary genre.
Books of chivalry such as the Amadís de Gaula are written and disseminated during the same years of the discovery of the New World. At that time Spain launched the conquest and colonization of those new territories where many placed their dreams and hopes. Curiously, between these two phenomena, the literary and the historical, there will be a close symbiotic relationship.

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