Orlando Furioso: A Romantic Epic: Part 1

Orlando Furioso: A Romantic Epic: Part 1

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by Ludovico Ariosto
     
 

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One of the greatest epic poems of the Italian Renaissance, Orlando Furioso is an intricate tale of love and enchantment set at the time of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne's conflict with the Moors. When Count Orlando returns to France from Cathay with the captive Angelica as his prize, her beauty soon inspires his cousin Rinaldo to challenge him to a duel - but

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One of the greatest epic poems of the Italian Renaissance, Orlando Furioso is an intricate tale of love and enchantment set at the time of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne's conflict with the Moors. When Count Orlando returns to France from Cathay with the captive Angelica as his prize, her beauty soon inspires his cousin Rinaldo to challenge him to a duel - but during their battle, Angelica escapes from both knights on horseback and begins a desperate quest for freedom. This dazzling kaleidoscope of fabulous adventures, sorcery and romance has inspired generations of writers - including Spenser and Shakespeare - with its depiction of a fantastical world of magic rings, flying horses, sinister wizardry and barbaric splendour.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140443110
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1975
Series:
Italian Texts Series
Pages:
832
Sales rank:
782,279
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.79(h) x 1.87(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ludovico Ariosto was born in 1474, the son of an official of the Ferrarese court. He first studied law, but later acquired a sound humanistic training. His adult life was spent in the service of the Ferrarese ducal family. Essentially he was a writer; his lifetime's service as a courtier was a burden imposed on him by economic difficulties. His fame rests on his major work, Orlando Furioso. The poem was probably begun around 1505. It was first published in 1516. The most important of Arisoto's minor works are five comedies, written for production in the Ferrarese court. Ariosto died in 1533.

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Orlando Furioso: A Romantic Epic: Part 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was reading Don Quixote and in the interesting introduction it said that Orlando Furioso was popular and influenced Cervantes. Furioso is a continuation to Orlando Innamorato by Boiardo. It is a good translation and I have to be patient.