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Orlando Furioso - Ludovico Ariosto

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Orlando Furioso
("Orlando Enraged")

By

Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533)


INTRODUCTION:

This work is a continuation of the "Orlando Innamorato" of Matteo
Maria Boiardo, which was left unfinished upon the author's death
in 1494.  It begins more or less at the point where Boiardo left
it.

This is a brief synopsis of Boiardo's work, omitting most of the
numerous digressions and incidental episodes associated with
these events:

To the court of King Charlemagne comes Angelica (daughter to the
king of Cathay, or India) and her brother Argalia.  Angelica is
the most beautiful woman any of the Peers have ever seen, and all
want her.  However, in order to take her as wife they must first
defeat Argalia in combat.  The two most stricken by her are
Orlando and Ranaldo ("Rinaldo" in Rose).

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