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The book that drove Don Quixote mad.

April, 2009

Sue Burke, an American living in Madrid, is translating Amadis of Gaul, a medieval Spanish novel of chivalry that became the Renaissance's first best-seller. You can read a chapter a week at

The novel tells the story of Amadis, the greatest knight who ever lived, and his adventures and love. The book zoomed to success and quickly spawned dozens of sequels and spin-offs across Europe. A century later, in 1605, it was even satirized by Miguel de Cervantes in "Don Quixote", in which a crazy old man imagines himself a valiant young knight-errant like Amadis.

Courage, combat, romance, sorcery, intrigue, and danger, medieval-style. This novel drove Don Quixote mad. What will it do to you?

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