Europe's first best-selling novel was Amadis of Gaul, a medieval fantasy published in Spain in 1508. It tells of the knight Amadis and his adventures, loves, and courtly intrigues. It swept the continent and inspired 44 direct sequels and uncounted spin-offs, including Don Quixote de la Mancha.
Though this book has fallen into obscurity today, it is a pillar of modern European literature, especially sword-and-sorcery fantasy.
No good modern English translation of the novel exists, so I'm posting a serial translation at http://amadisofgaul.blogspot.com with a new chapter every other week, and a commentary on the work and its environment in alternate weeks.
In the September 29 post, Amadis's comical younger brother, Galaor, falls for a trick that was old in the Middle Age.
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— Sue Burke