One of the striking facts of literary history is that Spanish became a language of international importance at the same time as the extended fictional narrative developed its modern forms. The romance of chivalry, the sentimental romance, the pastoral and the picaresque novel all received near definitive shape through the medium of the Spanish vernacular and in half a century fertilised the literatures of Western Europe.
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