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 A.M. or M.A.Am’adis of Greece. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Am’adis of Gaul.
The hero of a romance in prose of the same title, originally written in Portuguese in four books. These four were translated into Spanish by Montalvo, who added a fifth. Subsequent romancers added the exploits and adventures of other knights, so as to swell the romance to fourteen books. The French version is much larger still, one containing twenty-four books, and another running through seven volumes. The original author was Vasco de Lobeira, of Oporto, who died 1403.   1
   The hero, called the “Lion-knight,” from the device on his shield, and “Beltenebros” (darkly beautiful), from his personal appearance, was a love-child of Per’ion, King of Gaul, and Eliz’ena, Princess of Brittany. He is represented as a poet and musician, a linguist and a gallant, a knight-errant and a king, the very model of chivalry.   2
   Other names by which Am’adis was called were the Lovely Obscure, the Knight of the Burning Sword, the Knight of the Dwarf, etc. Bernardo, in 1560, wrote “Amadigi di Gaula.”   3

 A.M. or M.A.Am’adis of Greece. 


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