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Amadis of Gaul

Vasco de Lobeira

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. (Summary by Leni) Dedicated Proof-Listeners: Miss Stav, Becky Cook, & Rapunzelina

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. (Summary by Leni) Dedicated Proof-Listeners: Miss Stav, Becky Cook, & Rapunzelina
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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. (Summary by Leni) Dedicated Proof-Listeners: Miss Stav, Becky Cook, & Rapunzelina

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

29h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

35:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

35:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

31:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

34:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

26:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

38:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

37:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

34:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

34:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

28:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

28:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

39:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

37:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

27:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

39:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

40:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

26:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

23:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

31:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

31:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

24:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

22:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

39:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

32:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

30:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

31:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

31:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

30:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

27:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

23:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

17:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

24:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

20:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

31:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

14:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

34:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

31:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

34:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

28:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

36:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

22:50


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

20:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

33:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

33:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

23:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

37:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

34:51


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

17:04


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

23:50