The New International Encyclopædia/Montalvo, Garcia Ordoñez de
MONTALVO, mō̇n-täl′vō̇, Garcia Ordoñez de. A Spanish author, who flourished in the latter part of the fifteenth century. To him is due the first Spanish version now extant of the famous romance of Amadis. Utilizing the material of previous writers, he prepared his version after 1492. The greater part of his work may have been mere translation from the Portuguese, but he also added matter of his own. In his own composition, the Sergas de Esplandian, he tells of Amadis's son. We know of Montalvo only that he was Governor of the city of Medina del Campo. Both the Amadis and the Sergas de Esplandian are published in vol. xl. of the Biblioteca de autores españoles. Consult: Baist on the Spanish Amadis, and K. M. de Vasconcellos on the Portuguese Amadis in their articles on Spanish and Portuguese literature in Groeber's Grundriss der romanischen Philologie, vol, ii. (Strassburg, 1900).