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Orlando innamorato by Matteo Maria Boiardo

Orlando innamorato (1495)

by Matteo Maria Boiardo

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Like Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, Boiardo's chivalric stories of lords and ladies first entertained the culturally innovative court of Ferrara in the Italian Renaissance. Inventive, humorous, inexhaustible, the story recounts Orlando's love-stricken pursuit of "the fairest of her Sex, Angelica" (in Milton's terms) through a fairyland that combines the military valors of Charlemagne's knights and their famous horses with the enchantments of King Arthur's court.Today it seems more than ever appropriate to offer a new, unabridged edition of Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato, the first Renaissance epic about the common customs of, and the conflicts between, Christian Europe and Islam. Having extensively revised his earlier translation for general readers, Charles Ross has added headings and helpful summaries to Boiardo's cantos. Tenses have been regularized, and terms of gender and religion have been updated, but not so much as to block the reader's encounter with how Boiardo once viewed the world.… (more)



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This is the first complete English translation of the great Italian renaissance epic, the forerunner of Ariosto's even more famous Orlando Furioso which I read many years ago in Harrington's Elizabethan translation after reading Pratt and De Camp's Castle of Iron set in that world. I have long wanted to erad Boiardo, but my Italian is not good enough to read the original, so I was very glad to get this translation even if it was a bit expensive. ( )
  antiquary | Jun 30, 2017 |
Boiardo was an excellent plot juggler, and this translation gives me a good time, for "who is Not a fool for love?"
The original was extant by 1494, and well established in the imagination of Europe. ( )
1 vote DinadansFriend | Jan 24, 2014 |
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