The Orlando innamorato

The Orlando innamorato

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by Matteo Maria Boiardo
     
 

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Like Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, Boiardo's chivalric verse tale, dating from the 1480s, first entertained the culturally innovative court of Ferrara. Inventive, humorous, inexhaustible, the story recounts Orlando's love-striken pursuit of Angelica through a fairyland that combines the military valours of Charlemagne's crusaders with the enchantments of King

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Like Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, Boiardo's chivalric verse tale, dating from the 1480s, first entertained the culturally innovative court of Ferrara. Inventive, humorous, inexhaustible, the story recounts Orlando's love-striken pursuit of Angelica through a fairyland that combines the military valours of Charlemagne's crusaders with the enchantments of King Arthur's court. This newly translated and abridged edition is the only one available, and it offers thorough annotation as well as an introduction and maps.

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Library Journal
Boiardo's long poetic account of the chivalric and magical adventures of the knight Orlando (Roland) stands at a crucial juncture between the chansons de geste and medieval Romance and the great Renaissance epics such as Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and Spenser's Faerie Queene. The publisher has done a service to both the scholar and the serious reader, providing a handsome bilingual edition of the Orlando Innamorato that features the first complete translation in English. While not always literal, translator Ross's efforts are vigorous, capturing much of the spirit of the original. He also includes a cogent introductory essay on Boiardo and his work.-- T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940020446182
Publisher:
Edinburgh : W. Blackwood
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
311 KB

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