Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Orlando, a paladin of France and King Charlemagne’s nephew, the Roland of the Carlovingian cycle of chivalric romances. Stricken by love for Angelica, the beautiful princess of Cathay, he, like Rinaldo and Ferrau, sets out in search of her after she has disappeared during a tourney to determine the bravest and most skilled knight, who may claim her as his bride. Discovered in the company of Angelica, Orlando is forced into combat with Ferrau, a jealous Spanish knight. Later, during his wanderings, Orlando slays Agrican, the king of Tartary, another suitor for Angelica’s hand. He battles also with Rinaldo, who, having drunk from a fountain whose waters are a cure for love madness, now hates the princess. Later, Angelica dupes Orlando into escorting her to France so that she may continue her pursuit of Rinaldo, with whom she is in love. In the meantime, Rinaldo has drunk from the waters of love. When he meets the travelers, he becomes insanely jealous of Orlando and challenges the knight to a duel. Orlando loses the maiden when she flees to Charlemagne’s camp while he and Rinaldo are engaged in a bitter struggle.
Rinaldo (rih-NAHL-doh), another of Charlemagne’s paladins, the brother of Bradamant, the maiden warrior, and the cousin of Malagigi, a famed magician. Although aware of the sinister beauty of Angelica, he sets out in pursuit of her. In the forest, he drinks...
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