Ariosto, Orlando furioso

Ariosto, Orlando furioso

Ludovico Ariosto, trans. John Harington


London, England

Printed Book

Various revisions of Ludovico Ariosto’s epic romance Orlando furioso (Mad Orlando) were published between 1516 and 1532. In short, it tells of Orlando’s love for the pagan princess Angelica, but Ariosto’s extravagant narrative traverses the world and beyond, including a trip to the moon to recover Orlando’s lost wits. The story takes its setting from old romances of Charlemagne: the name Orlando is a version of Roland, who appears in a very different setting in, for example, The Song of Roland from the twelfth century. Ariosto’s poem had great influence in England, for example on Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. This English translation was made by Sir John Harington (1560–1612), courtier, author and inventor of the flushing toilet.



vivian donath

Several illustrations from continental publications were bound into Harington's Orlando Furioso including a reversed copy published by Philips Galle of an engraving from 1583 by Goltzius of Perseus and Andromeda. On the Galle print the characters have been renamed in pen so as to fit them to the text: Perseus has become Rogero and Andromeda became Angelica. Can you photocopy and email me this page please.


Vivian Donath

The romance of <em>Gamelyn</em>, from a <em>Canterbury Tales</em> manuscript
The romance of Gamelyn, from a Canterbury Tales manuscript
Fragments of the Apollonius of Tyre legend
Fragments of the Apollonius of Tyre legend
Thomas Lodge's <em>Rosalynde</em>
Thomas Lodge's Rosalynde
Quarto texts of <em>Pericles</em>
Quarto texts of Pericles
<em>As You Like It</em>, from the First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays
As You Like It, from the First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays
Ariosto, <em>Orlando furioso</em>
Ariosto, Orlando furioso
Spenser, <em>The Faerie Queene</em>
Spenser, The Faerie Queene
<em>King Ponthus</em>
King Ponthus
<em>Ponthus et la belle Sidoyne</em>
Ponthus et la belle Sidoyne
An English <em>Don Quixote</em>
An English Don Quixote
An Essex Don Quixote: the story of <em>Sir Billy of Billerecay</em>
An Essex Don Quixote: the story of Sir Billy of Billerecay
A Latin version of Chaucer's <em>Troilus and Criseyde</em>
A Latin version of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde
Wynkyn de Worde's <em>Richard Coeur de Lyon</em>
Wynkyn de Worde's Richard Coeur de Lyon