In addition, The Abencerraje is now endorsed by not only Independent Judge of Niceness Stan Coombs, but also a writer I truly admire, Seymour Hamilton. Get it for free, or Amazon Prime members, please borrow it for free (thank you!) here.
What Seymour Hamilton has to say makes me incredibly happy! Please see the whole review.
Excerpts: "I was transported into a heroic medieval past that may or may not have existed, but surely should have. It is a tale that recalls the stories in the Arthurian cycle in which bold and true knights defending their honour and lady-loves. I know no Spanish beyond the ability to ask for more beer, but it seems to me that Jessica Knauss has captured the flavour of the language and the time in her translation, without resorting to pseudo-medievalisms -- such as "quoth" , "doth" and "forsooth" -- that mar so many historical novels. She gives us the story, "straight up" in the voice of the anonymous Spanish narrator, with no modern asides or explanations save for a few useful footnotes that do not impede the flow.... Abencerraje is a good story that deserves the fresh translation Knauss offers."