Romances of Chivalry in the Spanish Golden Age

Romances of Chivalry in the Spanish Golden Age

Romances of Chivalry in the Spanish Golden Age

Romances of Chivalry in the Spanish Golden Age


Eisenberg's book dealing with the Spanish Romances of chivalry, the most popular fiction of the Spanish Renaissance, and the preferred reading of Don Quijote, is finally back in print. Originally published in 1982, this important work has been out of print for a number of years. "Dan Eisenberg's work is our best source of knowledge about the Spanish romances of chivalry." -Sydney P. Cravens Texas Tech University

"Daniel Eisenberg tiene un profundo conocimiento de los secretos de los libros de caballermas." -Martmn de Riquer Real Academia Espaqola


This book contains the most important of my articles on the Spanish romances of chivalry. They are preceded by an essay written at the kind suggestion of Francisco Rico, and conceived of as an introduction but grew to become the most important part of the book.

The articles themselves have deliberately been left as originally published, save for updating of the documentation and the correction of some obvious errors. One article has been reproduced from its Spanish translation in the Puerto Rican journal Sin Nombre, since that version contains revisions not found in its original English version published in Hispanic Review.

A bibliography, originally a part of this book, was published separately by Grant and Cutler (London, 1979) with the title Castilian Romances of Chivalry in the Sixteenth Century.

Golden Age texts taken from modern editions are quoted unchanged. Those which I have taken from old imprints have been slightly modernized, including, in most cases, the modernization of u/v and i/j, word spacing, and capitalization and punctuation. Accents have been added only to distinguish homonyms: on sí, más, él, mí, and similar words, on the future tense and on the preterite of first conjugation verbs, as well as on potentially confusing forms such as seria and hacía. Anyone with questions about my treatment of these texts is encouraged to consult the originals. I would be happy to make copies of my microfilms available for this or any other scholarly purpose.

References to the romances of chivalry and to the Quijote are most frequently given as a book or part number, followed by a chapter number. If a reference to an exact spot is needed, a volume, page, and sometimes line or note number will be cited, specifying the edition used.

Journal abbreviations are those of the mla.

That the romances of chivalry as a genre are not treated exhaustively in this book is a fact of which I am only too well aware, and I would be glad to have its deficiencies remedied by those . . .

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