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Ruggiero Rescuing Angelica by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.
Ruggiero Rescuing Angelica by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.

Orlando furioso ("Mad Orlando" or "The Madness of Orlando") is an epic poem written by Ludovico Ariosto in 1516. It is a "gionta", a sequel, to Matteo Maria Boiardo's Orlando innamorato (Orlando in Love), but it is quite distant from the other work in that it does not preserve the humanistic concepts of knight errantry. Entering the Cinquecento, the 16th century, it treats those themes only superficially. A work of its time, Orlando shows more clearly the so-called "culture of contradiction" which also characterized some contemporary works by Erasmus and Rabelais. Some three centuries later, Hegel considered that the work's many allegories and metaphors did not serve merely to refute the myth of chivalry, but also to demonstrate the fallacy of human senses and judgement. Image File history File links Wiki_letter_w. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Self-portrait at age 24, 1804 Musée Condé. Napoleon on his Imperial throne, 1806, Musée de lArmée. ... In mathematics, see epic morphism. ... Ludovico Ariosto (September 8, 1474 – July 6, 1533) was an Italian poet, author of the epic poem Orlando furioso (1516), Orlando Enraged. He was born at Reggio, in Emilia. ... // Events March - With the death of Ferdinand II of Aragon, his grandson Charles of Ghent becomes King of Spain as Carlos I. July - Selim I of the Ottoman Empire declares war on the Mameluks and invades Syria. ... Matteo Maria Boiardo (c. ... Orlando Innamorato is an epic poem written by the Italian Renaissance author Matteo Maria Boiardo. ... As a literary genre, romance refers to a style of heroic prose and verse narrative current in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... Desiderius Erasmus in 1523 Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (also Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam) (October 27, probably 1466 – July 12, 1536) was a Dutch humanist and theologian. ... François Rabelais (ca. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Woman under the Safeguard of Knighthood, allegorical Scene. ...

Orlando furioso begins with an account of the defeat of Duke Namo in Charlemagne's war. Angelica escapes to meet Rinaldo searching for his horse, Bayardo. Angelica evades Rinaldo, and meets the Saracen Ferrau. Rinaldo and Ferrau fight, then make a truce and share a horse to seek Angelica. Ferrau seeks his helmet and encounters the ghost of Angelica. Angelica flees, and falls asleep in a grove until awakened by a lamenting knight, Sacripante. Angelica manipulates Sacripante and he plans to deflower her. Angelica and the embarrassed Sacripante share her horse and encounter Bayardo. Duke Naimon, also called Aymon, Namo, and Namus, is a character in Old French chansons de geste. ... Charlemagne, portrait by Albrecht Dürer. ... Ruggiero Rescuing Angelica, an illustration for Orlando Furioso by Gustave Dore Angelica is a character in the epic poem Orlando Innamorato by Matteo Maria Boiardo, its continuation, Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto, and various later works based on these. ... Renaud de Montauban, also known as Rinaldo di Montalbano, was a fictional hero who was introduced to literature in a twelfth century Old French chanson de geste. ... In the legends derived from the chansons de geste Bayard was a magic bay horse, renowned for his spirit, and who possessed the supernatural ability to adjust his size to his riders. ... It has been suggested that Serkland be merged into this article or section. ... Fierabras (from French a bras fier, on brave arm) or Ferumbras is a Saracen knight appearing in several chansons de geste and other material relating to the Matter of France. ...

Page from 1565 edition of Orlando Furioso by Francesco Franceschi.
Page from 1565 edition of Orlando Furioso by Francesco Franceschi.

In the Baroque era, the poem was the base of many operas, among which Antonio Vivaldi's opera of the same name and Handel's Alcina, Ariodante and Orlando are the most prominent. The works of John Milton and Cervantes also refer to the epic. Image File history File links Orlando_furioso_canto34. ... Image File history File links Orlando_furioso_canto34. ... Page from Francesco Franceschis 1565 edition of Orlando Furioso. ... Unconfirmed portrait of Antonio Vivaldi Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678, Venice – July 28 (or 27), 1741, Vienna), nicknamed Il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest), was a Venetian priest and baroque music composer, as well as a famous violinist. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is one of the worlds most famous opera houses. ... Orlando Furioso is an opera in three acts by Antonio Vivaldi to an Italian libretto by Grazio Braccioli, base on the poem of the same name by Ariosto. ... George Frideric Handel, 1733 George Frideric Handel (February 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759) was a German/British Baroque composer who was a leading composer of concerti grossi, operas and oratorios. ... Alcina is an opera composed by George Frideric Handel for his first season at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. ... Ariodante is an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel. ... Handel opera composed in 1733. ... John Milton, English poet John Milton (December 9, 1608 – November 8, 1674) was an English poet, best-known for his epic poem Paradise Lost. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...



  • Ariosto, Ludovico; and Waldman, Guido (translator) (January 28, 1999). Orlando Furioso. Oxford. ISBN 0192836773.

External links

  • Online Medieval & Classical Library E-text (William Stewart Rose translation)
  • Orlando Furioso (English translation by William Stewart Rose), available freely at Project Gutenberg
  • Orlando Furioso (Italian), available freely at Project Gutenberg
  • "Orlando Furioso for Dummies"
  • Concordances of "Orlando Furioso"

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In its basic content the Orlando Furioso is a combination of material derived from three different origins: Carolingian, Celtic, and Classical.
Count Orlando, King Charles, King Agramant, King Norandino, Duke Aymon, Duke of Albany, Dame Discord, Siege of Paris, Dame Fortune, King Oberto, Persian Gulf, Fair Isabella, Guidon Selvaggio, Holy City, House of Sleep, Isle of Tears, King Charlemagne
§11. "Orlando Furioso". XI. The Poetry of Spenser. Vol. 3. Renascence and Reformation. The Cambridge History of ... (617 words)
Not only did he transform many characters in Orlando Furioso, such as Atlante, Alcina, Bradamante, into his own Archimago, Duessa and Britomart, but he borrowed whole episodes from Ariosto’s poem for the purposes of his story.
Orlando Furioso embodies the quintessence of knight errantry.
In Orlando Furioso, there is no progress from point to point towards a well discerned end; the character of the poem is proclaimed in the two opening lines,
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