Orlando Innamorato (English: Orlando in Love) by Matteo Maria Boiardo is an incomplete epic poem publish in Italian between 1483 and 1495. It chronicles the adventures of Orlando, a romanticised version of legendary Carolingian hero Roland, and particularly his pursuit of the beautiful Angelica.
The work had a powerful influence on later Italian poets, notably Ariosto, who wrote the sequel Orlando Furioso, and Tasso, who borrowed elements for his Gerusalemme Liberata. Ariosto's success overshadowed Boiardo's original to such an extent that it was almost completely lost until its rediscovery in the nineteenth century.
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Free online texts
Gutenberg: Orlando Innamorato. Prose translation with poetic extracts by William Stewart Rose. Multiple formats.
Internet Archive: Orlando Innamorato. Prose translation with poetic extracts by William Stewart Rose. Multiple formats.
University of Adelaide: Orlando Innamorato. Prose translation with poetic extracts by William Stewart Rose. Multiple formats.
Gutenberg: Orlando Innamorato. Multiple formats.
Wikisource: Orlando Innamorato. Multiple formats.
Gutenberg: Stories from the Italian Poets: with Lives of the Writers, Volume II, by Leigh Hunt. Multiple formats.
The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes
Ludovico Ariosto: Orlando Furioso
Torquato Tasso: Jerusalem Delivered
Harold Bloom's Western Canon: Orlando Innamorato is listed.