|Nonexistent Knight, the (1959) [Novella]|
by Italo Calvino
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(From the publisher):
The Nonexistent Knight is an earthy parody of chivalry and knighthood. Agilulf, the improbable hero of this tale, is an empty suit of armor, yet he is the essence of military perfection, resented by his fellow paladins, loved by Bradamante, a dashing female knight, and admired by Raimbaut, an idealistic volunteer who is eager for the glamour of war. In order to retain his knightly rank, Agilulf is forced to scour Europe to verify the chastity of a virgin he rescued fifteen years before. His quest, a burlesque of the time-honored rituals of medieval romance, finds him evading the seductive charms of the widow Priscilla, and rescuing the reluctant virgin from a Sultan's harem.
Original title: Il cavaliere inesistente
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Nonexistent Knight, the; and, The Cloven Viscount (1962) [Paired Work]
Author: Italo Calvino