Joanot Martorell (Valencian pronunciation: [dʒuaˈnɔd maɾtoˈ��eʎ]; Valencia, 1410ca – 1465) was a Valencian knight and the author of the novel Tirant lo Blanch, written in the Valencian language (Martorell calls it vulgar llengua valenciana) and published at Valencia in 1490.
It deals with the adventures of a knight in the Byzantine Empire. Miguel de Cervantes, in the book burning scene of Don Quixote, says "I swear to you, my friend, it's the best book of its kind in the world".
Martorell apparently was a chivalrous man and suffered an early death due to court intrigue, leaving the novel unfinished. It was prepared for publication by his friend and colleague, Martí Joan de Galba.
It is considered to be one of the first works of alternative history.
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- Tirant lo Blanch website by the Institut Lluis Vives
- Joanot Martorell by the Association of Catalan Language Writers. Website in Catalan, English and Spanish.
- Tirant lo Blanch, by Joanot Martorell in LletrA, Catalan Literature Online (Open University of Catalonia)] (in Catalan)
- Works by Joanot Martorell at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Joanot Martorell at Internet Archive
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