Matteo Maria Boiardo, Orlando Innamorato [Orlando in Love]

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Written for a fifteenth-century Italian court society hooked on Arthurian romance but also attuned to current world events, Boiardo’s

Orlando Innamorato


Orlando in Love

] charts a complex imaginary course in which characters from diverse cultures encounter one another in ways that range from armed conflict to friendship and love. Although knights and damsels from around the globe are gripped by a number of passions, such as erotic desire, anger, ambition, compassion, and the desire for glory or revenge, their actions are not based on either religious or ethnic differences. The narrative thereby breaks out of the polarization of Christians and Saracens typical of Carolingian epic, presenting a broader cosmopolitan vision of humankind consonant with ancient, medieval, and…

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Citation: Cavallo, Jo Ann. "Orlando Innamorato". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 November 2014 [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

24333 Orlando Innamorato 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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