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Amadis of Gaul

Vasco de Lobeira (-1403)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - Book 1, Chapters 1 - 2
3. 02 - Book 1, Chapters 3 - 4
4. 03 - Book 1, Chapters 5 - 6
5. 04 - Book 1, Chapters 7 - 9
6. 05 - Book 1, Chapters 10 - 11
7. 06 - Book 1, Chapters 12 - 13
8. 07 - Book 1, Chapters 14 - 16
9. 08 - Book 1, Chapters 17 - 18
10. 09 - Book 1, Chapters 19 - 21
11. 10 - Book 1, Chapters 22 - 24
12. 11 - Book 1, Chapters 25 - 29
13. 12 - Book 1, Chapters 30 - 33
14. 13 - Book 1, Chapters 34 - 35
15. 14 - Book 1, Chapters 36 - 37
16. 15 - Book 1, Chapters 38 - 40
17. 16 - Book 1, Chapters 41 - 42
18. 17 - Book 1, Chapters 43 - 44
19. 18 - Book 2, Chapters 1 - 3
20. 19 - Book 2, Chapters 4 - 5
21. 20 - Book 2, Chapters 6 - 7
22. 21 - Book 2, Chapters 8 - 9
23. 22 - Book 2, Chapters 10 - 11
24. 23 - Book 2, Chapters 12 - 13
25. 24 - Book 2, Chapters 14 - 15
26. 25 - Book 2, Chapter 16
27. 26 - Book 2, Chapters 17 - 18
28. 27 - Book 2, Chapter 19
29. 28 - Book 2, Chapter 20
30. 29 - Book 2, Chapter 21
31. 30 - Book 2, Chapter 22
32. 31 - Book 3, Chapter 1
33. 32 - Book 3, Chapter 2
34. 33 - Book 3, Chapter 3
35. 34 - Book 3, Chapter 4
36. 35 - Book 3, Chapter 5
37. 36 - Book 3, Chapter 6
38. 37 - Book 3, Chapter 7
39. 38 - Book 3, Chapters 8 - 9
40. 39 - Book 3, Chapter 10
41. 40 - Book 3, Chapter 11
42. 41 - Book 3, Chapter 12
43. 42 - Book 3, Chapter 13
44. 43 - Book 3, Chapter 14
45. 44 - Book 3, Chapter 15
46. 45 - Book 3, Chapter 16
47. 46 - Book 3, Chapter 17
48. 47 - Book 3, Chapter 18
49. 48 - Book 4, Chapters 1 - 5
50. 49 - Book 4, Chapters 6 - 12
51. 50 - Book 4, Chapters 13 - 15
52. 51 - Book 4, Chapters 16 - 18
53. 52 - Book 4, Chapters 19 - 24
54. 53 - Book 4, Chapters 25 - 27
55. 54 - Book 4, Chapter 28
56. 55 - Book 4, Chapters 29 - 30
57. 56 - Book 4, Chapters 31 - 33
58. 57 - Book 4, Chapters 34 - 35
59. 58 - Book 4, Chapter 36
60. 59 - Book 4, Chapters 37 - 40
61. 60 - Book 4, Chapter 41
62. 61 - Book 4, Chapters 42 - 44

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Summary

Amadis of Gaul (Amadís de Gaula, in Spanish) was not the first, but certainly one of the best known knight-errantry tales of the 16th century. Not only is its authorship doubtful, but even the language in which it was first written - Portuguese or Spanish. It is imagined to have been composed in the 14th century, but the known first printed edition came to light in Zaragoza in 1508, and the oldest extant version is in Spanish. The plot is the story of the brave knight Amadis, and starts with the forbidden love of his parents and his secret birth, followed by his abandonment near water. He is found and raised as the son of a knight. Upon reaching adulthood, he goes in a quest for his own identity, and investigates his origins through fantastic adventures: plenty of wizards, princesses, damsels in distress and other knights people the world of Amadis. Amadis of Gaul, together with Palmerin of England and Tirante the White, are the only books saved from the fire by Quixote's curate, when purging the knight's library: Tirante, for its quaintness; Palmerin, because he thought it had been written by the king himself; and Amadis, for being the best of its kind. Even if Cervante's praise works more as censure, it's a fact that Amadis represents the style as no other, and was the father of a numerous flock, becoming a landmark work among the knight-errantry tales and marking the story of European literature. Dedicated Proof-Listeners: Miss Stav, Becky Cook, & Rapunzelina