Friday, March 20, 2009

1400 to 1499: Orlando Innamorato to Robin Hood's Adventures.

Matteo Boiardo. Italian. 1487. Epic poem. Orlando Innamorato (“Roland in Love”). Pagan princess Angelica sows discord in ranks of Charlemagne’s paladins. Tries to render them helpless before the Saracens led by Agramante.

Anonymous. British. 1490. Poetry. “The Nut-Brown Maid.” Maid is wooed, won by a disguised knight who tells her of hardships if she marries him. She stands the test. He is revealed to be a rich earl’s son.

Anonymous. British. 1490. Tales. Robin Hood’s Adventures. Legendary “good” outlaw who protected and supported the poor while he stole from the rich.

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