Ludovico Ariosto


Carlomagno, Agramante, and their respective armies
The Christian and Saracen armies; the rivalry between Charlemagne and Agramante.

Orlando lascia Parigi in cerca di Angelica
Orlando cannot sleep and decides to leave the Christian camp to search for Angelica.

L’isola di Alcina
First Astolfo, and the Ruggiero, fall victim to Alcina’s charms, but the maga Melissa comes to the rescue.

Palazzo incantato (Astolfo)
Astolfo arrives at the palazzo incantato (or castello delle menzogne [puppet play]).

Doralice and Mandricardo
Doralice tells Mandricardo she sees Rodomonte approach; chooses Mandricardo over Rodomonte at Agramante’s camp; is fearful for his life prior to his battle againt Ruggiero; laments over his corpse

Angelica & Medoro
Angelica encounters the wounded footsoldier Medoro; Angelica and Medoro have an amorous rendez-vous while Orlando sleeps; Angelica and Medoro take leave of their shepherd hosts.

Madness of Orlando
Orlando reads about Angelica and Medoro on the trees; the shepherd family tells Orlando about Angelica and Medoro’s love story, showing the bracelet they received as a gift from the princess; Orlando goes mad.

Rodomonte at the bridge
Rodomonte battles Orlando, Brandimarte, and Bradamante at the bridge near Isabella’s tomb.

Astolfo encounters hippogriff
After destroying the enchantment at the palazzo incantato (or castello delle menzogne), Astolfo discovers the hippogriff left behind when everyone else fled at the sound of his horn.

Prester John / Senapo
Astolfo arrives at the table of Senapo/Prester John and chases away the harpies that were defiling the priest king’s meals.

Astolfo on the moon
Astolfo gathers up Orlando’s wits (as well as his own) during his trip to the moon under the guidance of St John.

Orlando’s recovery
On the shores of Africa, Orlando inhales his wits and regains his sanity.

Battle of Lipadusa
Agamante despairs as he watches the fall of Biserta from the island of Lipadusa/Lampedusa, but Gradasso and Sobrino arrive and convince him to challenge the Christians to a final battle of three against three; Orlando, Olivero, and Brandimarte fight against Sobrino, Agramante, and Gradasso; Brandimarte’s death and funeral.

Bradamante and Ruggiero
Bradamante hears news of Ruggiero; Bradamante in Arles

Rodomonte’s final challenge
Rodomonte fights Ruggiero in Paris



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