Matteo Maria Boiardo: Orlando Innamorato
Ariosto: Orlando Furioso

Torquato Tasso: Jerusalem Delivered

Charles_Errard _Renaud_abandonnant_ArmideJerusalem Delivered (Italian: Gerusalemme Liberata) by Torquato Tasso is an epic poem published in 1581, recounting a almost completely fictionalised version of the first crusade. One of the few quasi-historical characters is the knight Tancredi, who corresponds to the Italo-Norman crusader Tancred, Prince of Galilee.

The work enjoyed immediate and lasting success, in part because of its contemporary resonances at a time of conflict between Western European powers and the Ottoman Empire. It has frequently provided a subject for the visual arts and literary adaptations.

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Free online texts

English translations

Gutenberg: Jerusalem Delivered, translated by Edward Fairfax (c.1635). Multiple formats. 

Internet Archive: Jerusalem Delivered, translated by Edward Fairfax. National Alumni edition. Multiple formats.

Internet Archive: Jerusalem Delivered, translated by J. H. Wiffen. Multiple formats.

Internet Archive: Jerusalem Delivered, translated by John Hoole. Multiple formats.

University of Adelaide: Jerusalem Delivered, translated by Edward Fairfax. Multiple formats.

Italian texts

Internet Archive: Gerusalemme Liberata. Multiple formats.

Wikisource: Gerusalemme Liberata. HTML and other formats.

Other Resources

Gutenberg: Stories from the Italian Poets: with Lives of the Writers, Volume II, by Leigh Hunt. Multiple formats.

Librivox: Jerusalem Delivered, translated by Edward Fairfax. Public domain audiobook.

Wikipedia: Torquato Tasso - Jerusalem Delivered

The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Homer: The Odyssey

Matteo Maria Boiardo: Orlando Innamorato- influenced Tasso's epic style.

Ariosto: Orlando Furioso

Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene - borrows elements of Tasso's poem.

Italian language resources

Harold Bloom's Western Canon: Jerusalem Delivered is listed.

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