In his timeless novel "Don Quixote de La Mancha", Cervantes regards the Amadis de Gaula as one of the very few cavalry novels worth saving from the fire. This is one of the great books of Spanish literature and an absolute must-read for anyone interested in the origins of Spanish narrative. Even though the Quixote is regarded as the first modern Spanish novel, many of its formal elements are very recognizable in the Amadis. While the style is affected and -at times- painfully discoursive, this novel overflows with fantasy and imagination, in its description of adventures and exploits, through the field of battle, fantastic journeys through beast-populated lands and the lustful description of love and romance in the lower Middle Ages. This one and Tirant Lo Blanc, from the terribly many novels of the genre, did stand the test of the ages.