The Role of the Woman in the Orlando Innamorato

Cavallo, Jo Ann

The two types of the woman characters one can generally find within
the confines of the chivalric novel are the "damsel in distress," that
virginal maiden in need of the knight's prowess to save her from a fate
worse than death, and the enchantress, a Circe-like character who
seduces the knight and keeps him subject indefinitely through her
magic powers. Although Boiardo 's Orlando Innamorato contains its
share of these familiar female fictions, its treatment of women is certainly
unique and shows a notable departure from the treatment of
women and their roles in earlier chivalric novels.'

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April 23, 2014