Ariosto's Orlando Furioso is the culmination of the chivalric legends of Charlemagne and the Saracen invasion of France, a brilliantly witty parody of the medieval romances, and a fitting monument to the court society of the Italian Renaissance which gave it birth. In a kaleidoscope of scenes and emotions, three principal stories are developed: the love of Orlando for Angelica; the war between the Franks and Saracens; and the love of Ruggiero, a Saracen, for Bradamant, a Christian. Enlivening and unifying the whole work is the vital personality of the author, endlessly teasing his readers and dropping casual asides about his contemporaries. Though highly serious in purpose and sophisticated in design, Orlando Furioso displays to the full Ariosto's remarkable sense of the absurd.
Original title: Orlando Furioso
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Medieval
Poetry→ Epic and Narrative Poetry
- First published in Italian, 1516; revised, 1521 and 1532
- text :: at the Online Medieval and Classical Library