Florambel de Lucea is a Spanish chivalric book written by Francisco de Enciso Zárate (d. 1570 ), a native of La Rioja , who dedicated the work to Don Pedro Álvarez de Osorio, the Marquis of Astorga , of whom he was secretary.
The protagonist's name, Florambel, had already appeared in the Portuguese chivalric book Cronica do emperador Clarimundo , by João de Barros ( 1522 ), but while the hero of Florambel de Lucea is a prince of Scotland , the character of Clarimundo , Florambel El Mañoso, is the son of King Brisando of Dacia and his wife, the Hungarian princess Apiana, Clarimundo's aunt.
Florambel de Lucea consists of three volumes:
The first volume, which consists of three parts, was published for the first time in Valladolid in 1532 , in the printing house of Nicolás Tierri, and recounts the adventures of Prince Florineo of Scotland, son of King Aquilanio of Scotland, and his children Florambel de Lucea , Lidiarte of the Fondovalle, Leoncides of the Ojo White and Lerínter of Scotland, as well as other friends of these gentlemen such as king Olivano of Ireland and prince Corineus of England ,. It was reprinted in Seville in 1548, at the Antonio Álvarez printing house.
The second volume, which was published in Seville in 1548 , in the printing house of Antonio Álvarez, includes the fourth part and the fifth, recounting new adventures of Florambel and her love affairs with Princess Graselinda, daughter of the King of England. At the end of the fifth part, Florambel is elected Emperor of Germany and marries Graselinda.
Of the third volume, which was never printed, there is a manuscript ( Third part of the story of the stupid gentleman Don Florambel de Luçea Emperor of Germany ) in two codices preserved in the Royal Library of Madrid and the National Library of Spain .
The first two volumes are presented as originally written by the wise Cyprian, a venerable hermit who educates Florambel in the Christian faith and baptizes him; On the death of Cipriano, the third volume was written by the Owner of the Valle Fund, wise protector of Florineo of Scotland and her children.
Cervantes and Florambel de Lucea
Miguel de Cervantes did not name the Florambel de Lucea in Don Quixote , but he had read it, as evidenced by the canon's reference (chapter XLVII of the First part of Don Quixote) to a tower full of knights who traveled by sea: from the earliest chapters of Florambel's first book, a tower like this appears, the work of the Owner of the Valle Fund, in which the Knights of the Silver Flowers make numerous trips, which among other things arrive in Niquea and in the Rocaferro castle they liberate the young Florambel, enchanted there by a pagan sage named Adriacon.
Los dos primeros tomos of Florambel de Lucea fueron traducidos the Italian por Mambrino Rosy ( The first part of the valiant knight Don dell'historia Florambello of Lucea . Translated novamente for m. Mambrino Roseo da Fabriano the Spaniard in the Italian language , Venecia , Michele Sandwich, 1560 ).
- Florambel de Lucea : fragments in Anthology of books of Castilian chivalry , pp. 246-254.
- Florambel de Lucea , 1st part (Books I - III). Center for Cervantine Studies,  2009.
Reading guide for the 2nd part (Book IV) of the Florambel de Lucea . Cervantine Studies Center, 2006.
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