Palmerin of England

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A chivalric romance attributed to the 16th‐cent. Portuguese writer Francisco de Moraes.

The ‘Palmerins’ consist of eight books dealing with the exploits and loves of Palmerin d'Oliva, emperor of Constantinople, and his various descendants, of which Palmerin of England is the subject of the sixth. Munday translated the Palmerin cycle into English (through a French intermediary), 1581–95. It was highly popular with the Elizabethan middle classes, and there are many references to Palmerin in the plays of the time (e.g. The Knight of the Burning Pestle, where the vogue for such chivalric fantasies is mocked). A revised translation by Southey appeared in 1807.

Palmerin of England and Amadis of Gaul were two romances of chivalry specially excepted from the holocaust of such works carried out by the curate and the barber in Don Quixote.

Subjects: Literature.

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