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    'Amadis de GauleiGONTEINING

    The Heroick Deeds of Armcsjand ftrange Adventures, afwcll of Amadis him

    ;fclf, as of rerion his Son^ and Lifvarto^ Crctce^ Son

    to jf^/4^/^ Emperor of C$pjlantinopl&.

    Wherein is fhewed the Wars ofthe Chriftian^againft the Tvirks , >the death of Armato King ofTurkic, and the ftrange death ofMefea the Enchantrtf*,

    the love of TerimdeGauk^ othcrwife thpKnight ot theSplaerc, to Gridkrtj^ Daughter ro the Evijpci or of



    Jrehifcndy and c^ Lifvat of Grtece, fometinnes called' "^^ the Knight of tht troe Crofs to Onoloreai ano-/ ihcr Daughter to the Eperor of

    Together with the Ads and ftrange Adventures of many othergreat Lords and PrinccSj afwcll Chriftians as Pagan* ;Enig the fixt Pait never before Publifhed,

    TtAnJlatcd&Ht ofFrench into Englifh^ by t rancis Kirkm^in.

    J ni^nC'N. Prlnr^H hu l^r, ?:./7 , ari arP to U ^M

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    The Tranflators



    Have fublijhedthis ancient Hijlory (Gen*tie Reader) partly^ at the imreatie oflemtofmyfawilijrfriends^andpartly^thronghthe defire pphich J had to put to light y Jhworthy a wor^e. There hath been asyet^but

    five parts thereof pubhfijedin EngliJJj^ although, thereare to the ttumber of tvpentiefour parts thereof in mofiof other Languages, Wherefore, thinking it in my ap^prehenfion , as wellworthy the tranflation as any etherHijioriesof the like nature^ I didjo Jar prefuwe uponmy owne abilities (and to benefit nt^^felfe in the Lan*guage^ds to begin the Tranfiation thereof: TetJhadmttjbe leaji intent to have it come into the pnhliquc vtevpiut being (as I have (aid) inftigated and earncjilj per*jfwadedthereuntOylhavenow p ejumed to pvbl/fi thef4me, No$ havingfo much confidence efmy ovnespeaj^

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  • The Epiftlc to the Reader.abilities^ as to imagine, that it will be accepted of gndlik^dby all, bht rjtber hoping thatJoMe vpuI loel^eonit, and value it not according to the pforthybut the goodwill of the writer. AsforJuch,as either rajl^ly condemnsivithcutjudgment, or lavijldy diflikp without advice :I effcemt them lil(cfeatherf, Joone difperji rvitb everyblafr^tcccunting their difcontent r>iy content, not caringto pleafe every Mpinus,

    All that 1 defire is, to have thegood opinion of theVPelLafftled to Learning, at?d that Jhope {Gentle Rea-der ) ycruwUl favonrably aford mc ^ vphich ifyou.doe,ifjaU account myjclfmuch obligedtoyou, my labor andtime well imploicd, andm^ftlfe {by my future engage-ments to my abjUty, infomewhat ofthe Uke nature , orfome more worthy worlO bound to be (dwayef ^^^^dy^

  • Ito the ingenious Tranjlator F. K. "

    OUr Love is weHj oar labour ill plac't, finccThuu carift not ftand in need of our defence.

    Our weak Pygmie-dercncr, in whofc juft rightSo many v aliant Knights arc proud to %hr.Chajiipions thou canlTnot want, who writes their ^loryThey r' bound in honor coprotcft thy Story.Come hither then ycc Herocr ofour at^e ' 'Who liavc this ten year* a no itch of Sway,Our aime is onely honor, and the day-W'e for opprefled ones hold foi th a fhield,Gyants to uj arc Pygmies and muft yieldBut 'lis in vainc particulars to writeConcerning this adventure^or that fight


    This onely I will fay, they doubly live,One life their fword^a new thy pen doth give.In one atcluevmcnr thou haft all out-gone "Even kmadis himiJelf, and his bold fon:For Amadis, Brittain^s King, (b long a GaukThoi^ haft to ^rituinhvovi^ht from Language-thrall.Whothcri dilBkes thy Book, Wehaveahull .,..


    To ihipaw^y to th' land of .; fuch a gull.'

    : Thomas Snellinc Gent.

  • Vpon the Tranflation of the ftxth Boil^ /Amadis dc GAuLEy performed

    by his leviug fritnd F. K.

    AS in a Mirror here you may beholdSuccdrcfuli Virtue, joyfully to holdACrownc of Laurell ; whllft dejefted ViceVanquifti't and tramprd oh, receives the priceOf feigned pleadires j lively fetting forthThelatter's vilenefs, and the formcr^s worth.Both thus rewarded, we are hereby caughtTo imitate the good, t'avoid the naught.This Paragon, which France of yore did boaft,*Was no where to be found, but in her coaft>Which Frarfce did (blong time monopolize.Is herepreicnted ( Readers) to your eyesIn Englifli dreflfe, which ifhe chance to findcYour c^nfure Candid, eetcrtainment kinde.May thereby be provoked todefire.Her fiftersprefence in the fame attire.And now. Ingenious Frjnc\^ r nuift be boldCAvoiding adulation) to unfoldIn part thy mcrits,whofe induftrious painejYield'? U3 luch gainefuU pleafure, pleafing gaines.This GiiBick^ Lady is by thy TranflationSo neatly deck't.and dreft in the Englifh falhioaThat (chough thy unripe years might thee excufe.For what erratas Momm mvf i\\i\i(cInto the (Reader's minde) yet doft not thouNeed fuch defence againft the lowring browOt Carping Criticks, then prethec Englifh allThe reft o'th' ftory of hmadis dt Gaule.

    Tour loving Frknd

    I w.

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  • 'to my loving friend Francis Kirkman.

    The good SucccfsAnd ufefulnefs

    OfTranflationsIn all Nations.

    BEfpeak cftecme of this book made complcat>LNot Cobler like, but like Tranflator neat,

    Hcrokk hearts come read in poHflit wordsPuiflmt a(n:ions of old Warlike Swords,And learn for ever how to make your namesGlitter as Star-light, or Sol's brighter flames :

    Come C/?/

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    Amadis dc Gaulc'Which largely treatcth of the greatDeeds of Armcs, and ftrange Adventures,

    as well oi rERION his Son, as oi LlgrABXof Grtect, fon to Ef^landisn^ Emperor of


    C HAP. 1.HtfjpPEB.ION 0f G2M\c,ficoftdfoH ^/Amadis de- .

    partedfrom Loadon^wfthfetfeMttheryoung Trinces^hofingtogoe into Ireland j to receive the order ofKnighfhoody at the hands ofthe old King Cildadanjand fif that which happened to them*

    HE newesof thefc Princes and Lords, La-dies and Gentlewomen, enchanted in thefirme Ifland, as youhave heard, was foon

    known by little FER/ONof Gj/f,fonofAmtidis^ who hadbeen left by his father inGreat Britainc, uaderthc Government of

    good old Arhan^ King of Nartvalet. This young Prince

    being then about the age of twelve or thirteen years, hadR a

  • a the fixtb BooJ^ ofa rcfoludon in himfclfc, to receive the Order of Knight-hood at the hands of his brother the Emperor B^Undiartyand of none other : but feeing himfelf fruftratcd of hispurpofcj he lingred until the fourth yeare following:when two of the fons of Voh Flore(fjn King -of Sardiniscame to vifit him, at Londtn. The one whereofwas calledFhrefiany as his father, the other Parmemr, in whofc com-pany were SLKoVaiUides Ton to Vou Era^to, King ofAra-vigne^ Lmgitinet zridGahmet. children o( j4griet Kingmi Scotland,. Abies of Ireland ion to King CUdadan, andSiucdragant Lord of Satifnegue , who were departed fromtheir revei;all Countries, hoping to be made Knights bythe fame hand , of whom Perir^ fhould obtcine this ho-nour. The young Prince received him as welcome, as theneerneHe of their kindred rendred him afFeftionate to-wards them , Cipecially having heard occafion of theirlong voyage. To (atisrte which deiire, they refolvcdtotake their journey to Ireland y towards King Cildjdan^there being at that time no Prince more worthy to llipplythe place of the Emperor Ejpbndijnin his abfence. Perionhaving a deiire, fo foone as he roiil4 hav the mcanes,to bear Arnics^ and fullovv Orange adventures, and imi-tate his father in ProwefTe and Chivalrie ; wherefore de-firing to have Trgij/T the Ton ot Gandalinfor his Squire,hedifpatched a Gentleman of his towards Gjtililei (whoatjchat time lived in the Caftlcs of /irchelaw which Ama-dis had given hfra) earncftly intreating him to fend Tr-gitizn to him, wherewith Gandales was content. He there-fore being arived, and thcfe young Princes having pro-vided allthings neceHarie for their journey, taking theirleave of. Kinf^/ir^^w, they went ftraite to the Port of F^-/e, where they imbarqued : And as they were on theSea, thcydifcovered a Barque with fourc oares, greenas emerauld-', wherewith foure Apes did row: and therewas with them a very faire Damfel, coftly adorned ThefcBarques followed one another fo clofcly, that they werejoined and landed together, And as Pvrion and thofe of



    hii Company were ready to mount on horfc-bick, theftrangc Damfel approached neer to them, carrying on herneck a fword excellently gamifticd, and in her hand ablack fhcildj in the middle whcreot was painted a goldenSphere, Shec addreircd her felfe to Perion^ and kneelingon the ground , fpake thus. Gentle fir, God forbid thatI (hould ever part from your feet until you have grantedme the Boon which I lliall aske you, Ferion whom (feecmucl^ picafed, readily an iwered, Askc it then, and^youfiallnot bcrefufed. Truly faidfbc, I hoped for nole/Te.Slieerikngfrotii the ground, took him apart, and rheytalked To long in walking together, that liicy came necrto the barque where the Apes were : into which the Dam-iil prayed him to enter alone. Then Ftrion knew vei-ywell, that by toora'iJy promiJnghe had loft his compa-ny : And although he wasasnuich troubled at it, as acny thing that could happen to him whatfocver

    ,even fee-

    ing him^lfefmftratcdot his purpofe, and hindered fromhis voyage into Ireland : nvertheleiTe (knowing that hishonour would be queftionedj if he did not accompliftithat, in which he had voluntarily obliged himfelfc ) hepafled on , and called his Companions , to whom he de-clared, th