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.
Three knights are trapped in a Magic Castle, each looking for their beloved. Angelica leads them to freedom, but keeps vanishing. Tales of shipwreck and treachery too.
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.
Faithful Queen Olimpia is abandoned by her treacherous husband on a remote island. Ruggiero escapes on the hippogriff, and comes across Angelica, who is being fed to the orc.
How an orc came to eat a woman each day, and Angelica is kidnapped to provide its next meal. And how Orlando got to fight Frisians to save a marriage.
Ruggiero is beguiled by Alcina, and trapped on her island. His love Bradamante tries to rescue him, through the sorceress Melissa. The old hermit abducts and tried to rape Angelica.
At the end of the fourth canto, Rinaldo was in Scotland, travelling through a wood with an esquire […]
Bradamante continues her quest to find and release her lover from the castle of steel. And Rinaldo ends up in Scotland, where he starts an adventure.
Rinaldo is chasing Angelica, whom he is helplessly in love with, but she hates him, and wants to escape from France, as Charlemagne is preparing for the siege of Paris.
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