On Tuesday, Los Angeles becomes ground zero for Michael Jackson fans that want to pay their last respects. Some decry the influence of pop culture on Southern California. But pop culture gave California its name in the first place. Blame it on a best seller. The year was Spanish writer Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo had just published the fifth in a series of blockbuster novels.

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Return to Book Page. Constance Kihyer Translator. Mozelle Sukut Introduction. Included are rare medieval woodcuts from 16th century French folio editions of Amadis de Gaule. Most historians believe Monta "This new English translation from the Castilian of Montalvo's chapter in The Adventures of Esplandian, first known printing in , tells the fable of Queen Calafia and her island of California filled with gold, Amazon warriors and unusual beasts.

Most historians believe Montalvo's popular book about the coast of the New World portrayed in this Spanish tale caused the Western frontier to be named California. The Castilian writer created a battle in which Christian knights defended Constantinople against the island of California's Amazon forces.

Today, years later, this 16th century mythical conflict still holds lessons about negotiation and tolerance, as well as feminine power and humor" Get A Copy. Paperback , 76 pages. Published January 1st by Trails of Discovery first published More Details Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. All Languages.

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California: What’s In a Name?

This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. The first known edition of this work was published in Seville in July But there was another edition published prior, possibly in Seville in , as the sixth book of the series, Florisando , appeared four months earlier, in April Ruth Putnam argues that Montalvo finished his novel sometime after [1] but before Queen Isabella died she died in Las Sergas mentions a fictional island named California , [3] inhabited only by women, and ruled by Queen Calafia.


The Island of California

Nobody today would mistake California for an island. It is firmly attached to the rest of mainland North America. Yet for centuries, off and on, California was shown on maps as an island. The origin of that misconception was Expeditions in and later seemed to indicate that this California was a peninsula, and at first it was thus shown on maps, including some by Mercator and Ortelius. However, the fictional accounts of Juan de Fuca, who claimed to have found a large opening in the western coast of North America, possibly the legendary Northwest Passage, were conflated with the older misconception of an insular California, and kept that cartographic persona on life support.


The Chronicles of California's Queen Calafia

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