Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
God, who is on the side of the Christians.
The archangel Gabriel
The archangel Gabriel, sent by God in the seventh year of the Crusade to encourage the Crusaders in beginning their march on Jerusalem.
The archangel Michael
The archangel Michael, sent by God to inspire the Christians during the final stages of the capture of the city.
Satan, who is on the side of the Pagans.
Godfrey de Bouillon
Godfrey de Bouillon, the leader of the Crusaders, victorious after many setbacks.
King Aladine, the pagan king from whom the Crusaders finally take Jerusalem.
Clorinda, a beautiful pagan warrior who scorns female dress. She is instrumental in preventing pagan tyrannies as well as in holding off the Christians for a time. She is killed in combat.
Tancred, a mighty Christian noble in love with Clorinda. He wounds her mortally in combat, then realizes who she is. He has time to ask her pardon and to baptize her before her death.
Erminia of Antioch
Erminia of Antioch, who is in love with Tancred. She goes in Clorinda’s armor to Tancred’s camp when he is wounded, but she is frightened at the last minute and takes refuge with a shepherd.
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