Tirant Lo Blanc is a classic of medieval literature, a novel of chivalry, courtship and war.
Rich in lively, interweaving stories, the book presents the knights and squires, their ladies, their quests and their enemies with extraordinary realism. There are year-long tournaments in England, there are crusades to rescue the Christian world from the barbarians, there are courtships of Mediterranean princesses - and through the whole book emerges a wealth of practical advice: how to speak and act like a knight, how to set fire to a ship at anchor and terrorise the enemy, how to handle rationing and crime prevention in a besieged city, how a damsel in distress can play on a man's inflated sense of his own honour to fend him off when he is bent on dishonouring her. the hero participates in every adventure with a great deal of dash and good humour and the sensual, ironic temperament of the author illuminates each scene.
Tirant Lo Blanc was originally published in the Catalan language in 1490. This is the first English translation. Mostly written by Joanot Martorell, a Valencian knight, the book was completed after his death by Marti Joan de Galba, another knight.
The edges of the dust jacket shown a few signs of shelf wear. Other than the binding is tight and the pages are clean throughout.