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CaptionThe more popular literature was of course the so-called romances of chivalry and to them it is logical to turn as a possible source of inspiration for the renewed interest in the classical myth.[7] This quest quickly brings one to the sequel to Amadis of Gaul written by Garci-Rodríguez de Montalvo and entitled Sergas de Esplandián . In this prolix account of the adventures of the handsome son of the great Amadis is intercalated the episode of Calafia Queen of the Amazons who resided with her followers on a craggy island significantly named "California." In the course of the first 122 chapters the narrative of Esplandián's exploits is carried forward to the time when the King of Persia named Armato in the novel invites all the pagan princes to unite with him to capture Constantinople from the Christian allies of its Emperor. The response is highly gratifying to the Persian monarch for a mighty horde is assembled to pit its strength against the outnumbered Christians rallying about the Emperor. Conspicuous among the latter are Amadis and Esplandián. Strangest of the heathen cohorts of the Persian Armato is the tribe of Amazon women under Queen Calafia who came with their man-eating griffins from the "islands of California" to fight for the Turks. Chapters 157 to 178 are devoted largely to the intervention of the Amazons in the ensuing struggle particularly the personal encounters of the female leaders with the Christian knights who fare badly at the hands of the so-called gentler sex. This success emboldens "Calafia mistress of the great island of California celebrated for its great abundance of gold and jewels" to challenge both Amadis and Esplandián to personal combat. As might be expected the Amazon queen is overwhelmingly vanquished by Amadis' skill and Esplandián's beauty and falls captive to these Christian heroes. Though enamored of Esplandián she philosophically acquiesces to his marriage to another and accepts Christianity _________ Leonard Ir
HeadlineMany were the myths which haunted the minds of the Spanish conquerors and their contemporaries as they adventured in the New World
Keywordsamazon-warrior Calafia
Copyright Noticepublishing.cdlib.org/ ucpressebooks/ by Irving A. Leonard
Creditberkeley.edu/
URLhttp://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft1f59n78v;chunk.id=d0e1859;doc.view=print

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