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Title of the Review/Article: 

Amadis de Gaul. By Vasco Lobeyra. Translated by Southey and by Rose. (Article no. X)

Periodical (dates): The Edinburgh Review, or The Critical Journal (1802-1929)
Volume: 3
Number: 5
Date: 1803 (October)
Place of publication: Edinburgh
Pages: 109-136
Editor: Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850)
Author (Reviewer): Walter Scott (1771-1832)
Book (Reviewed):

Robert Southey, trans. Amadis de Gaul; by Vasco Lobeyra. Translated from the Spanish Version of Garciordonez de Montalvo, 4 vols. (London: Longman and Rees, 1803)

William Stewart Rose, trans. Amadis de Gaul; A Poem in Three Books; Freely Translated from the First Part of the French Version of Nicolas de Heberay, Sieur Des Essars, with Notes (London: T. Cadell, W. Davies, and W. Evans, 1803)

Brief description:

This is a review of two English translations of Amadis of Gaul published in 1803, i.e. Robert Southey’s prose version from the Spanish and William Stewart Rose’s verse adaptation of the French version (first part) by Nicolas de Herberay. Robert Southey attributes the authorship of this work to the Portuguese Vasco de Lobeira (dies 1403), though there is no extant version in the Portuguese language. Walter Scott, however, proposes a French origin. Today scholars are in favour of a Spanish origin.

Spanish authors mentioned:

Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, also known as Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo (fl. 15thC)
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616)
Nicolás Antonio (1617-1684)
Antonio Agustín y Albanell (1516–1586)

Spanish works mentioned:

Amadís de Gaula (Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, 1508)

Don Quijote de la Mancha (Miguel de Cervantes, 1605, 1615)

Bibliotheca hispana vetus (Nicolás Antonio, 1696)

Las sergas de Esplandián (Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, 1510)

References to editions of Spanish works:

Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. Los quatro libros de Amadis de Gaula (Sevilla: Jácome Cromberger, 1547)

Spanish works translated (P=Partially, F=Fully):

Amadís de Gaula (Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, 1508)

Other relevant Spanish names mentioned:

Charles I of Spain, also known as Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Archduke of Austria (1500-1558)

Spanish place names:


La Mancha

Sierra Morena

References to Spanish relevant historic events:

Battle of Aljubarrota (1385)

Additional information:

The so called firtst Anglo-Spanish war had ended the previous year (1802). The Royal Navy had defeated a French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1802.

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