Orlando Innamorato

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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.

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Renaissance Literature
“Neglect of Italian romances robs us of a whole species of pleasure and narrows our very conception of literature. It is as if a man left out Homer, or Elizabethan drama, or the novel. For like these, the romantic epic of Italy is one of the great trophies of the European genius: a genuine kind, not to be replaced by any other, and illustrated by an extremely copious and brilliant production. It is one of the successes, the undisputed achievements.” —C. S. Lewis
Like Ariosto’sOrlando Furiosoand Tasso’sJerusalem 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.
Charles Stanley Rosshas degrees from Harvard College and the University of Chicago and teaches English and comparative literature at Purdue University.
Cover Illustration:Saint Demetrius, by L’Ortolano (Giovanni Battista Benvenuti), early Cinquecento; courtesy of Stanley Moss and Co., Riverdale-On-Hudson, New York. e image evokes the poet Boiardo in meditative fantasy.
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Boiardo ORLANDOINNAMORATO O ORLANDOINLOVE RLANDO
Matteo Maria Boiardo
OĀÔ ï LÔÉ I NNAMORATO
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Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Charles Stanley Ross
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Orlando Innamorato
Orlando Innamorato Orlando in Love
Matteo Maria Boiardo
Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Charles Stanley Ross
Parlor Press West Lafayette, Indiana www.parlorpress.com
Parlor Press LLC, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906
Ross, Charles S. “Angelica and the Fata Morgana: Boiardo’s Allegory of Love.”MLN96.1 (1981): 12-22.  e Johns Hopkins University Press. Reprinted with permission of e Johns Hopkins University Press.
An earlier translation by Charles Stanley Ross was first published by the University of California Press, 1989, and an abridged version by Oxford University Press, 1995.
Cover illustration detail fromSaint Demetriusby L’Ortolano (Giovanni Battista Benvenuti) early Cinquecento. Courtesy of Stanley Moss and Co., Riverdale-On-Hudson, New York.
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Library of Congress Control Number: 2003116554
Boiardo, Matteo Maria,1440or14411494 Orlando innamorato (Orlando in Love) English : / Matteo Maria Boiardo; translated with an introduction and notes by Charles Stanley Ross.  p. cm. is edition is an unabridged translation. Includes illustrations, notes, bibliographical references, and index.
1. Roland (Legendary character)—Romances. I. Ross, Charles Stanley. II. Title.
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Preface to the Parlor Press Editionxi Acknowledgmentsxiii Boiardo and His Poem xv Chronology of Matteo Maria Boiardoxxxi Map of Northern and Central Italyxxxiii Boiardo’s Lifexxxiv Boiardo and the Derangement of Epicl Angelica and the Fata Morgana: Boiardo’s Allegory of Lovelxv Text and Translationlxxv Annotated Bibliographylxxix Mapslxxxii
OĀÔ IĀÔĀÔ Book I, Cantos i–xxix 1in Paris Angelica 2Tournament Charlemagne’s 3Stream of Love e 4 War in Spain 5Quest for Angelica Orlando’s 6 A Cup of Forgetfulness 7 Gradasso’s Siege of Paris 8Cruel Castle 9 Dragontina’s Garden 10 e First Battle of Albraca 11in His Nightshirt Sacripante
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Medusa’s Garden e Evil King of Baghdad Poliferno’s Prison Nine Knights at Albraca e Indian Army Feeding Orgagna’s Beast Marfisa’s Sword e Death of Agricane ree Giants and a Camel Leodilla’s Footrace What Women Do to Old Husbands e Savage Man e Horn Tests e Treasure Fairy Ranaldo Kills Trufaldino Orlando v. Ranaldo Angelica Intervenes Origille in Distress
Book II, Cantos i–xxxi 1Alexander, Africa Agramante, 2 e Bridge of Roses 3 Searching for Rugiero 4Garden Falerina’s 5efts Brunello’s 6Invades Provence Rodamonte 7 e Fata Morgana’s Lake 8 e Underworld of Treasure 9Forelock Fortune’s 10 Balisardo’s Metamorphoses 11 King Manodante’s Lost Children 12 Brandimarte Recognized 13 e Fay Alcina 14 Ranaldo Travels West
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e God of Love e Tournament at Mt. Carena e Story of Narcissus e Fall of AlbracàCannibals e Cyprus Tournament Orlando Returns to France Agramante’s irty-Two Kings e Border War at Montalbano Saving Charlemagne Febosilla’s Palace Doristella e Flower of Liza e Biserta Hunt Agramante Invades France Feraguto Beaten Atalante’s Phantom Army
Book III, Cantos i–ix 1Mistresses Mandricardo’s 2 e Crocodile of the Nile 3 Lucina, A Syrian Princess 4at Montalbano Rugiero 5in Love Bradamante 6for Durindana Fighting 7 e Laughing Stream 8to Paris Back 9Impossible Love Fiordespina’s
Notes to the Poem Bibliography Index of Names and Places
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