Orlando Furioso

Ariosto, Ludovico (1474–1533), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Ludovico Ariosto was trained law prior to working under Cardinal Ippolito d’Este during which time he wrote the epic Orlando Furioso, initially published in 1516 and finalised in 1532. After parting ways with the Cardinal in 1518, he entered the service of the Cardinal’s brother, Alfonso Duke of Ferrara, where he excelled in diplomacy. Orlando Furioso builds upon Matteo Maria Boiardo’s incomplete work Orlando Innamorato. The story derives its setting from the 11th-century Chanson de Roland, featuring Roland, a Christian knight who serves Charlemagne. The original historical event was a 778 battle with the Basques, following Charlemagne’s sacking of Pamplona, but is reimagined as a conflict against invading Saracens in Ariosto’s epic.

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Kline, A. S.

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