Orlando swims the Strait of Gibraltar, Ruggiero meets Mandricardo in combat, and Rinaldo leads a night attack outside Paris.
Finest stories of the infidelity of wives, four in a bed, Isabella’s ingenious if fatal means of maintaining her chastity, and the madness of Orlando.
Zerbino finds a perfect punishment for Odorico’s treachery, but dies of his wounds. A curious episode in which a woman falls in love with Bradamante, almost leading to the death of the latter’s brother.
With newlyweds Angelica and Medoro on their way to Spain, we rejoin Astolfo, Marfisa, and others who survive a storm only to face the choice of slavery or death.
After an elaborate retelling of the story of Polyphemus and Odysseus, a champion knight is replaced by a cowardly imposter and suffers mockery and rebuke.
The Saracens launch their assault on the city of Paris. Meanwhile, Astolfo is making the long journey back to Europe, during which he has capture a giant and kill a monster who self-repairs.
Ruggiero rescues Angelica, but is unable to kill the orc. After they fly off together, he tries his luck but she becomes invisible and escapes. Orlando then kills the orc and rescues Olimpia.