Page 693. " seeing himself treated in the same way as he'd read that such knights used to be treated in centuries past "

   At this point in the book the balance begins to shift, the world around Don Quixote no longer puncturing but reflecting the content of his delusions - the knight errant's reception in a noble court is a hackneyed scene of chivalric romance, which he gratefully recognises.  Perhaps the earliest example is to be found in the anonymous fourteenth-century verse romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (which also coins the phrase 'knight errant') in which the pure-hearted wanderer is guest at the court of an eccentric Lord and Lady.  Gawain resists his hostess' attempts at seduction and eventually realises that the couple are not what they seem, having secretly enmeshed him in an illusory test of his chivalry.  The motives of Quixote's noble hosts are similarly convoluted, although decidedly less benevolent.

 

Online copy of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by K.G.T. Webster and W.A. Neilson (1917)

 

Page 697. " Knight of the Order of St James, who drowned in the Herradura disaster "

  

 

   In October of 1562 twenty-eight galleys of the Spanish navy, under the command of Don Juan de Mendoza, took shelter in the bay of Herradura from a violent storm.  Despite this the squadron was battered against itself by the elements, resulting in the loss of all but three of its ships, and over four-thousand lives. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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