27 Books Mentioned in Don Quixote

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You may have just read Miguel de Cervante’s masterpiece (or some shortened translation of it) and wondered, what were all those books mentioned in Don Quixote? Today we are going to answer that question, but first I want to explain why Don Quixote is so important in Western literary tradition.

At the time that Miguel de Cervantes wrote Don Quixote, the popular literary genre was romance, with fantastic narratives that were filled with marvel. Don Quixote introduced the contrast between romance and reality in a creative way that displayed Cervantes’ literary genius and humor. On top of that, Cervantes’ work influenced the creation and of many more literary genres. Lastly, Don Quixote was celebrated for being one of the first western novels to explore the psychological evolution of its characters. This had never been done before in a popular novel!

Don Quixote
By the way, if you haven’t read the book yet, you should consider it. It’s a Penguin classic.

The interesting thing about the books that Cervantes mentioned in Don Quixote, is that he was lampooning them. Don Quixote is meant to make fun of the archetypal knight in shining armor. These books are about medieval chivalry and courtly love. They are written in various languages, and literary styles – like poems and long form epics. 

As we can see, Cervantes had a great sense of humor. Here are all the medieval chronicles that he mentions, most of which he read himself. One of them, The Tears of Angelica, was written by Cervantes’ friend and comrade in arms, Luis Barahona de Soto. Anyhow, some of the books have survived through translations and reprinting. Here is the list.

27 Books Mentioned in Don Quixote That Miguel de Cervantes Lampooned

The Exploits of Esplandian
By Garci Rodriguez Ordonez de Montalvo
The Odyssey
By Homer


Amadis of Greece
By Feliciano de Silva
The Knights of the Cross
By Henryk Sienkiewicz
Palmerin de Oliva
By Anonymous


Tirante The White
By Joanot Martorell
The Shepherd of Iberia
By Bernardo de la Vega

A Book of Songs
By Lopez Maldonado
La Austriada
By Juan Rufo
Orlando Furioso
By Ludovico Ariosto

The Song of Roland
By Turold

Don Olivante De laura
By Antonio de Torquemada
Bernardo del Carpio
By Damiana Eugenio
Palmerin of England
By Francisco de Moraes
La Diana
By Jorge de Montemayor
Nymphs and Shepherds of Henares
By Bernado Gonzalez de Bobadilla
La Galatea
By Miguel de Cervantes
El Monserrate
By Cristobal De Virues
Amadis of Gaul
By Garci Rodriguez Ordonez de Montalvo
The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes
By Anonymous
Felixmarte de Hircania
By Melchor Ortego
Roncesvalles
By Antonio Hernandez Palacios
Don Belianis
By Laura Gallego
The 10 Books of the Fortune of Love
By Antonio Lo Frasso
The Shepherd of Filida
By Luis Galvez de Montalvo
La Araucana
By Alonso de Ercilla
The Tears of Angelica
By Luis Barahona de Soto

Spanish Translation – Traducción Española

Quizás has leído la gran obra de Miguel de Cervante (o alguna traducción abreviada de ella) y te has preguntado, ¿cuáles eran todos esos libros mencionados en Don Quijote? Hoy vamos a responder a esa pregunta, pero primero quiero explicar por qué Don Quijote es tan importante en la tradición literaria occidental.

En la época de Miguel de Cervantes, el género literario popular era el romance, con narraciones fantásticas llenas de maravilla. Don Quijote introdujo el contraste entre romance y realidad en una manera creativa que mostró el genio literario y el humor de Cervantes. Además, la obra de Cervantes influyó la creación de muchos más géneros literarios. Por último, Don Quijote era celebrado por ser una de las primeras novelas occidentales que exploró la evolución psicológica de sus caracteres. ¡Esto nunca se había hecho antes en una novela popular!

Lo interesante de los libros que menciona Cervantes en Don Quijote, es que son satirizados. Don Quijote está destinado a burlarse del arquetipo del caballero en brillante armadura. Estos libros tratan sobre la caballería medieval y el amor. Están escritos en varios idiomas y estilos literarios, como poemas y epopeyas largas.

Cervantes tenía un gran sentido del humor. Aquí están todas las crónicas medievales que menciona, la mayoría de las cuales él mismo leyó. Uno de ellos, Las lágrimas de Angélica, fue escrito por el amigo y compañero de armas de Cervantes, Luis Barahona de Soto. De todos modos, algunos de los libros han sobrevivido gracias a traducciones y reimpresiones. Aquí está la lista.


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