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Foreword to the 1974 Edition

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p. 11

Inasmuch as scholarly books seldom become "bestsellers," they frequently require a subsidy to assist in defraying publication costs. In the case of this Volume II of our translation it is a pleasure to express our gratitude for the substantial financial contributions made by Mr. Place's wife Marian, his eldest grandson, ...

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Book III

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pp. 13-33

IN WHICH ARE RELATED SOME OF THE GREAT disagreements and discords that there were in the house and court of King Lisuarte because of the bad advice that Gandandel gave the king in order to hurt Amadis and his relatives and friends; at the outset King Lisuarte ordered Angriote and his nephew to leave his court ...

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CHAPTER LXV

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pp. 24-47

After the fleet left the Firm Island for the Island of Mongaza, as you have heard, Amadis stayed on the Firm Island and Don Bruneo of Bonamar with him; and with the hurry of departure he had no opportunity to ascertain from his foster father, Don Gandales, the latter's experiences at the court of King Lisuarte. ...

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CHAPTER LXVI

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pp. 48-62

As King Cildadan and Don Galaor were traveling on their way to where King Lisuarte was, they were told that he was preparing to cross to the Island of Mongaza; and for this reason they traveled on faster in order to arrive in time to cross with him. And it happened to them that they, having slept in a forest, at dawn ...

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CHAPTER LXVII

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pp. 63-75

As you have heard, King Lisuarte disembarked at the port of the Island of Mongaza, where he found Arban of North Wales and the troops who with him had taken refuge at an army camp located amid some crags — troops whom he ordered to go down at once to the plain and join the forces that he had brought. And ...

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CHAPTER LXVIII

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pp. 76-98

When King Cildadan and Don Galaor left Gaul, Amadis and Don Bruneo of Bonamar remained there. But although they had a sincere affection for each other, they were very different in their lives, for Don Bruneo, being there where his lady Melicia was and talking with her, had no thought of anything else; but ...

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CHAPTER LXIX

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pp. 99-121

For a few days King Perion and his sons rested in that forest; and when they saw the weather to be good and favorable, they put out to sea at once in their galley, expecting to be in Gaul shortly. But it turned out otherwise for them, for that wind was quickly changed and caused the sea to become rough, so that ...

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CHAPTER LXX

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pp. 122-140

When Esplandian was four years old, Nasciano, the hermit, sent word that he be brought to him; and he came well-bred for his age; and Nasciano beheld him so handsome that he was amazed; and blessing him, he drew him into an embrace, and the child embraced him as if he recognized him. Then he had the ...

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CHAPTER LXXI

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pp. 141-150

In order to afford himself relaxation and pleasure to his knights, King Lisuarte decided to go hunting in the forest and to take with him the queen and their daughters, and all the ladies and maidens-in-waiting. And he commanded that tents be set up at the spring of the Seven Beech Trees, which was a delightful place. ...

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CHAPTER LXXII

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pp. 151-161

We have already related to you how the Knight of the Green Sword, at the time he departed from King Tafinor of Bohemia, was desirous of visiting the islands of Romania, having heard that bellicose folk dwelt there; and so he did, not by the main route, but by traveling hither and yon righting and correcting many ...

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CHAPTER LXXIII

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pp. 162-179

The Knight of the Green Sword was sailing over the sea with his company on his way to Constantinople, as you have heard, with a very good wind, when it suddenly changed to the opposite, as often happens, and the sea became so rough, so violently so, that neither the strength of the ship, which was great, nor the ...

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CHAPTER LXXIV

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pp. 180-200

Master Elisabad in order to please him wrote at once a letter informing the emperor of everything that had happened to the foreign knight, called the Knight of the Green Sword, since he departed from Grasinda, Elisabad's suzerain; and how having accomplished many great deeds at arms in the islands of ...

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CHAPTER LXXV

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pp. 201-218

The Knight of the Green Sword having set out from the port of Constantinople, the weather became good and favorable for his voyage, which was undertaken with the thought that he might [ultimately] be going to that land where his lady Oriana was. This caused him to be very happy, although at that time he ...

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CHAPTER LXXVI

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pp. 219-233

The emissaries of the emperor Patin on arriving in Lombardy obtained ships and crossed to Great Britain; and they put into port at Fenusa, where King Lisuarte was, by whom they were received with great honor; and he ordered good lodgings, with all the other things that they needed, to be given to them in great ...

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CHAPTER LXXVII

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pp. 234-246

While Queen Sardamira and Don Grumedan were talking thus concerning this matter about which you have heard, she listened happily to what he had to say because that journey that the emperor had made under the name of the Patin had been because of his love of her, for he had loved her dearly; and while intending ...

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CHAPTER LXXVIII

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pp. 247-262

With Grasinda there went sailing over the sea the Knight of the Green Sword, Don Bruneo de Bonamar and Angriote de Estravaus, at times with favorable weather and at other times with the opposite, according as God ordained it, until they reached the ocean which is aligned with the coast of Spain. And ...

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CHAPTER LXXIX

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pp. 263-274

They landed Grasinda with four maidens, and went to hear mass at the tent; and from there all three knights rode forth armed on their war horses, and Grasinda on her richly caparisoned palfrey so elegantly decked out in cloth of gold and silks, with precious stones and pearls so valuable that the greatest ...

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CHAPTER LXXX

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pp. 275-296

You have heard that Oriana was at Miraflores, and with her Queen Sardamira, who by order of King Lisuarte went to see her in order to tell her about the greatness of Rome and the vastly increased dominion in prospect for her through that marriage to the emperor. Now know you that the king, her father, having ...

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CHAPTER LXXXI

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pp. 297-307

As King Lisuarte was determined to hand over his daughter Oriana to the Romans, with so firm an intention to do so that nothing of what you have heard could shake it, the appointed time promised by him having arrived, he spoke with her, trying in many ways to induce her to accept voluntarily that journey that ...

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p. 308

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Book IV

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pp. 309-311

JUST AS THE LENGTH AND ANTIQUITY of the past have left many great events for us to remember, so it is equally credible that an infinite number of others have remained hidden without any memory of them remaining. And on this account I think that famous witty sage, Giovanni Boccaccio, made no mention in his ...

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CHAPTER LXXXII

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pp. 312-315

At the end and termination of the Third Book of this great story you were told how King Lisuarte, against the wish of all his subjects, of both high and low degree, and of many others who desired to be of service to him, handed over to the Romans his daughter Oriana in order to marry her to the Patin, Emperor ...

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CHAPTER LXXXIII

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pp. 316-319

After Amadis and those knights departed from Salustanquidio's ship and saw that the entire fleet of the Romans was in the possession of his own men without any opposition, they all gathered together on Don Florestan's ship and reached the agreement that, since Oriana's wish and their own inclination was to ...

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CHAPTER LXXXIV

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pp. 320-325

From these whom I mention to you, the very beautiful Grasinda, who had remained there, ascertained the arrival and everything that took place; and at once with great diligence made ready to receive Oriana, whom on account of the good publicity given to her everywhere she was more eager to see than she was ...

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CHAPTER LXXXV

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pp. 326-329

Amadis, however much he might show great courage, since he had it, thought a great deal about the outcome that might result from this great affair, as the one on whom all responsibility fell, although there were there many princes and noble lords and knights of high degree; and he already had his life condemned ...

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CHAPTER LXXXVI

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pp. 330-334

Those knights were very content with Don Cuadragante's reply, because in their opinion there remained nothing more to say. And it was immediately agreed that Amadis should inform King Perion, his father, asking for all help and favor, from him and from all his knights as well as from any others who were his ...

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CHAPTER LXXXVII

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pp. 335-339

It is quite right that it be known and not remain forgotten for what reason these knights and many others who will be mentioned later desired to serve this lady with so much love and good will, exposing themselves in the greatest degree, as they were, to confrontations with such high-ranking princes. Could it be ...

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CHAPTER LXXXVIII

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pp. 340-343

Amadis went to the lodging of Grasinda, whom he loved and esteemed very much, not only for herself but also for the numerous honors that he had received, and which he did not think had been repaid, although he had done for her what our story has related, considering that there are very great differences between those ...

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CHAPTER LXXXIX

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pp. 344-347

The story says that after Amadis had sent Master Elisabad on his way and housed Grasinda with Princess Oriana, he gave orders to summon Tantiles, the majordomo of the beautiful Queen Briolanja, and said to him: "My good friend, I was wishing that you would take the trouble and care on my behalf that I would ...

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CHAPTER XC

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pp. 348-350

Don Cuadragante spoke with Landin, his nephew, who was a very good knight, and he said to him: "Beloved nephew, it is necessary that as speedily as possible you leave here and reach Ireland, and speak with the queen, my niece, without King Cildadan's knowing anything about it; because, in view of what ...

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CHAPTER XCI

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pp. 251-252

As for Amadis, as the one who had such a great responsibility on his shoulders, especially with reference to his lady, his thoughts were ever intent on providing what was needed; hence he resolved to send Isanjo, a very honorable knight of very great discretion, whom he found to be governor on the Firm Island at the time ...

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CHAPTER XCII

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pp. 353-356

The story relates that these messengers having left, as you have heard, Gandalin was in great distress because of his eagerness to go where his lord had commanded him, because he had ordered him not to leave until he had seen Amadis's cousin Mabilia. He went at once to Oriana's apartments, where no man could enter ...

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CHAPTER XCIII

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pp. 357-363

Those knights, on arriving where Oriana was, all greeted her with great reverence and respect. And afterwards all the other ladies. And she received them with very good will as a lady who was of very noble quality and upbringing. Amadis told Don Cuadragante and Brian de Monjaste to go to Oriana, and he went to ...

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CHAPTER XCIV

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pp. 364-369

On the day that he handed his daughter over to the Romans, King Lisuarte accompanied her for a short distance out of town, and with much paternal commiseration offering her consolation to some extent, and at other times with excessive passion dashing her hopes that his resolve could be altered in any way; but ...

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CHAPTER XCV

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pp. 370-378

"Most mighty Queen Brisena, my lady mother, I, sad and unfortunate Oriana, your daughter, with great humility, beg to kiss your feet and hands. My good lady, you already know how my adverse fortune, wishing to be more adverse and inimical to me than to any other woman there ever was or ever will be, without ...

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CHAPTER XCVI

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pp. 379-386

After those knights left King Lisuarte he gave orders to summon King Arban of North Wales, and Don Grumedan and Guilan the Pensive, and he said to them: "Friends, you already know the situation in which I am placed by these knights from the Firm Island, and the great discredit that I have received ...

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CHAPTER XCVII

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pp. 387-401

Don Cuadragante and Don Brian de Monjaste after they left Don Grumedan, as the story has related, went their way until they reached the port where they had their ship, which they boarded to go to the Firm Island with the reply that they were bringing from King Lisuarte. And all that day the sea was very ...

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CHAPTER XCVIII

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pp. 402-404

The next morning all those noble lords and knights gathered to hear mass and the message that Don Quadragante and Don Brian de Monjaste were bearing from King Lisuarte. And the mass having been heard, all being together there, Don Cuadragante said to them: "Good lords, our message and his reply were ...

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CHAPTER XCIX

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pp. 405-409

The story says that Master Elisabad traveled far over the sea until he came to the land of Grasinda, his lady. And there he ordered all the leading grandees of the seigniory summoned, and he showed them the credentials and command that he bore from her, and asked them very insistently to carry out her order at ...

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CHAPTER C

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pp. 410-413

Know you that Gandalin arrived in Gaul, where with much pleasure he was received on account of the good news that he brought concerning Amadis, of whom they had not had any news for a long time. And immediately he took the king aside and told him all that his lord had directed him to say, just as you have ...

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CHAPTER CI

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p. 414

Lasindo, squire of Don Bruneo of Bonamar, arrived where the Marquis was, and when he told the request of his lord to him and to Branfil, the latter was so distressed at not having participated with those knights in what had taken place and at not having been a participant in taking possession of Oriana, that he wanted

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CHAPTER CII

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pp. 415-416

Isanjo, the knight from the Firm Island, arrived in the kingdom of Bohemia and gave the letter from Amadis and the letter of accreditation to King Tafinor. No man would be able to describe how pleased the king was when he saw him; and he said: "Knight, may you be welcome, and I am very grateful to God for this ...

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CHAPTER CIII

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p. 417

Landin, nephew of Don Cuadragante, arrived in Ireland with the message from his lord and secretly talked with the queen and told her his lord's request. And when she heard about such great and dangerous strife, although she knew that her father, King Abies of Ireland, had been killed by the hand of Amadis, as the ...

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CHAPTER CIV

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pp. 418-422

Don Guilan the Pensive traveled so far on his day-by-day journeying that twenty days after he left Great Britain he was in Rome with the Emperor Patin, whom he found with many people and great preparations for receiving Oriana, whom he expected each day, because Salustanquidio, his cousin, and Bronjadel de ...

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CHAPTER CV

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pp. 423-435

We have told you that Grasandor left the court of his father, the King of Bohemia, in a ship with twenty knights in order to go to the Firm Island. While sailing over the sea, guided by chance, one night he happened upon Giontes, nephew of King Lisuarte, who with his message was going to Rome to the emperor, ...

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CHAPTER CVI

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pp. 436-443

The story says that Giontes, nephew of King Lisuarte, after he left Grasandor, as you have heard, went directly to Rome, and not only because of his haste but also on account of the emperor's, very quickly the great fleet was armed and equipped with those ten thousand knights about whom we have already told you; and ...

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CHAPTER CVII

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pp. 444-446

The story tells that this King Perion, as he was a very intelligent knight and of great valor, and until then Fortune had always exalted him by protecting and defending his honor, and as he saw himself in such an outstanding confrontation in which his person and sons and most of his relatives were to be involved, ...

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CHAPTER CVIII

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pp. 447-450

Arcalaus the Enchanter, as you have heard, was keeping on the alert King Arabigo and Barsinan, Lord of Sansuenia, and the King of the Deep Island, who had escaped from the battle of the Seven Kings, and all the relatives of Dardan the Haughty; and when he found out that the troops had come to King ...

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CHAPTER CIX

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pp. 451-463

The story states that the Emperor of Rome and King Lisuarte, with those companies that we have told you about, left the camp they had near Windsor and decided to travel very slowly so that the troops and horses might remain fresh, and that day they only traveled about three leagues; and they set up their camp on a ...

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CHAPTER CX

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pp. 464-475

The story tells why this knight came twice to look for Amadis in order to fight with him; for it would be unreasonable that such a great prince as he was should have come with such an intention from a land so distant as his kingdom was without his desire having been ascertained and publicized. Book III has ...

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CHAPTER CXI

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pp. 476-485

King Lisuarte placed in the vanguard King Arban of North Wales, and Norandel and Don Guilan the Pensive, and the other knights you have heard about. And he with his battalion and King Cildadan were stationed behind them, and back of them the emperor and his men, each one in his own brigade with its ...

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CHAPTER CXII

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pp. 486-490

King Lisuarte arrived at his tent and asked King Cildadan to dismount there and disarm in order that before they rested they might plan how the body of the emperor might be placed where it was fitting for it to be. And when they were disarmed, although they were quite bruised and weary, they went together ...

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CHAPTER CXIII

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pp. 491-510

The story relates that that saintly man Nasciano, who had brought up Esplandian, as the third Book of this story records, having occupied his hermitage, in that great forest you have already heard about, for more than forty years — and since it was a very forbidding, remote place, seldom did anyone go there, ...

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CHAPTER CXIV

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pp. 511-514

The good man Nasciano returned to King Lisuarte as you have heard, and told him what he had discussed with King Perion, and that since everyone was under the latter's command, it seemed to him that he ought to pursue and further the project with the very fine words that he had used with him. As the king ...

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CHAPTER CXV

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pp. 515-521

We have already told you that King Arabigo and Barsinan, Lord of Sansuenia, and Arcalaus the Enchanter and their companies were hidden away in the wildest and most easily defended area of the mountain while awaiting word from the scouts that they continuously and very secretly were maintaining to spy on ...

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CHAPTER CXVI

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pp. 522-530

We have related to you how King Lisuarte was warned by the knights whom he had dispatched to the mountain that they had seen already the scouts of King Arabigo's troops, and how King Lisuarte was proceeding in great haste in order to reach his town of Lubayna so that if an attack should come, he could ...

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CHAPTER CXVII

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pp. 531-558

We have already related how that very handsome youth Esplandian arrived in great haste at the camp of King Perion and informed Amadis of Gaul about the great danger and peril in which his lord King Lisuarte was, and how immediately King Perion with all the troops moved forward in his support, with ...

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CHAPTER CXVIII

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pp. 559-564

Just as you have heard, this virtuous and valiant knight Arquisil was accepted as emperor of Rome because of his good friend Amadis of Gaul. Now the story relates that all these kings, leaders and knights remained quite given over to enjoyment in that monastery and in the town of Lubayna until King Lisuarte ...

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CHAPTER CXIX

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pp. 565-567

King Lisuarte took with him King Cildadan and Gasquilan, King of Suesa, and with all their troops returned to the town of Windsor, where he had sent word commanding Queen Brisena his wife to wait for him. Since nothing more is related of what happened to him, except that he arrived at the town in five days, ...

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CHAPTER CXX

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pp. 568-575

Now the story relates that King Perion and his companies, after King Lisuarte left them to go to Windsor, where Queen Brisena his wife was, all mounted with their battalions in military formation just as they had come there, and with great pleasure and joy in their hearts started on their way to the Firm Island. ...

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CHAPTER CXXI

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pp. 576-585

Amadis said to King Perion, his father: "Sire, it will be well that you send for my lady the queen and for my brother Don Galaor — for whom I hold in reserve the beautiful Queen Briolanja, with whom he will always be happy — so that they be here, as was agreed upon, when King Lisuarte comes." ...

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CHAPTER CXXII

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pp. 586-600

The story relates that Angriote de Estravaus and Don Bruneo of Bonamar and his brother Branfil, after they left Queen Elisena went ahead on their voyage, guided by those who knew the way. And the queen, because she was distraught, and also on account of her pleasure at having found those who would aid ...

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CHAPTER CXXIII

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pp. 601-610

As has been told, King Lisuarte, after he arrived at Windsor, ordered the queen to get ready the things needed by her and her daughter Leonoreta; and King Arban of North Wales, his chief majordomo, what he himself needed. And everything having been done and made ready in accordance with his eminence, he ...

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CHAPTER CXXIV

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pp. 611-613

Now the story relates that Dragonis, cousin of Amadis and of Don Galaor, was a very honorable young knight of great courage, as he had demonstrated in past events, especially in the battle that King Lisuarte had with Galvanes and his companions over the Island of Mongaza, where this knight — after Don Florestan ...

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CHAPTER CXXV

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pp. 614-621

The kings assembled again as before, and arranged that the weddings be the fourth day, and that the festivities should last two weeks, at the end of which with all matters settled, they should leave and return to their own lands. The appointed day having come, all the bridegrooms gathered in Amadis's quarters, ...

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CHAPTER CXXVI

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pp. 622-632

The story relates that after these great wedding festivities that took place on the Firm Island, Urganda the Unknown asked the kings to order all the knights and ladies and maidens to assemble because she wanted to speak to them about the cause of, and reason for her coming — a request with which they ordered compliance. ...

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CHAPTER CXXVII

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pp. 633-641

Just as you have heard, Amadis remained on the Firm Island with his lady Oriana in the greatest delight and pleasure that ever a knight enjoyed and from which he would not have wished to be separated, were he to be made lord of the world; for just as when he was absent from his lady the cares and sorrows and ...

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CHAPTER CXXVIII

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pp. 642-657

That knight of whom the story tells gave orders to bring as much food as he saw was needed, and unarmed as he was, he entered a boat with men to show him the way. And they departed from that harbor together for Balan's island; and while they were proceeding over the sea, the knight asked Amadis if he knew ...

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CHAPTER CXXIX

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pp. 658-680

Darioleta, the matron who had had Amadis come there, when she saw him thus encircled by all his enemies without having or expecting any help from any source, began to lament grievously and to curse her luck, which had brought her such anguish and sorrow, saying: "Oh wretched unfortunate woman that I am, ...

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CHAPTER CXXX

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pp. 681-711

Just as you hear, Amadis and Grasandor were enjoying life on that Island of the Vermilion Tower; and Amadis kept asking about his lady Oriana, because all his desires and concerns were focused on her; for although he now possessed her, he was not lacking a single jot of the love that he always had had for her; on ...

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CHAPTER CXXXI

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pp. 712-714

Agrajes and Don Cuadragante and Don Bruneo de Bonamar, when they learned of the arrival of that giant, took with them Angriote de Estravaus, Don Gavarte of the Fearful Valley, Palomir, Don Brian de Monjaste and many other knights of great renown who were there with them to help them win those ...

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CHAPTER CXXXII

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pp. 715-722

Agrajes answered him, and said: "My good lord Balan, I wish to reply to you on what concerns the enmity of my lord cousin Amadis, since these lords and I with them have expressed to you our thanks for what is promised us by you; and if my reply is not in conformity with your desire, take it as a knight; for although ...

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CHAPTER CXXXIII

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pp. 723-744

The story relates that after King Lisuarte with Queen Brisena, his wife, departed from the Firm Island shortly after he had left wedded his daughters and the other ladies who were married at the same time, as you have heard, he went directly to his town of Fenusa, because it was a seaport and very abundant ...

Notes

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p. 745

Principal Characters

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pp. 747-749