Amadis of Gaul, Volume 2
N. Biggs, 1803
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... Queen of Sobradisa, and married to the Duke of Bristol. The day came
whereon that Duke was summoned to appear and answer the appeal of Olivas.
The Duke arrived, and was courteously by the King received. Sir, B 3 29
CHAPTER 40. ...
You shall know when it is time ; but tell me, have you forgot your promise to the
daughter of the King of Sobradisa, who let loose the lions to save you ? I am now
going, replied Amadis, to perform the battle. Why then, quoth she, would you turn
Thus they travelled twelve days before they entered the kingdom of Sobradisa; it
was night when they reached it: they left the high road, and struck by a by-way for
three leagues; and then, great part of the night being past, they came to a little ...
The Damsel mounted her palfrey, and rode on till she came to the great city of
Sobradisa, from whence the whole kingdom took its name. She went directly to
the palace of Abiseos, and rode through the gate, being richly apparelled.
They determined to set forward by day-break, and hear mass at the chapel of the
Three Fountains, which was half a league from Sobradisa. That night they made
good cheer, and Briolania, who talked much with Amadis, was oftentimes moved