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Las sergas de Esplandián

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Las sergas de Esplandián

Las Sergas de Esplandián (The Adventures of Esplandián) is the fifth book in a series of Spanish chivalric romance novels by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, which began with Amadís de Gaula. The first known edition of this work was published in Seville in July 1510. But there was another edition published prior, possibly in Seville in 1496, as the sixth book of the series, Florisando, appeared four months earlier, in April 1510.

Ruth Putnam argues that Montalvo finished his novel sometime after 1492[1] but before Queen Isabella died (she died in 1504).[2]

Las Sergas mentions a fictional island named California,[3] inhabited only by women, and ruled by Queen Calafia. When Spanish explorers learned of an island (actually a peninsula) off western Mexico rumored to be ruled by Amazon women, they named it California.

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  • Las Sergas de Esplandián (1526) (Spanish) Original from Library of Catalonia, digitized 2009.
  • Edward Everett Hale (1885) "The Queen of California" in His Level Best: And Other Stories. (Google eBook) Translation from the Sergas of Esplandian of every passage relating to the imagined island of California. Reprinted in part from an unsigned article in the Atlantic Monthly for March 1864.
  • "More Books from the Sixteenth Century Printed in Seville by the Cromberger Dynasty". 
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