Orlando swims the Strait of Gibraltar, Ruggiero meets Mandricardo in combat, and Rinaldo leads a night attack outside Paris.
The leading Saracen knights are at one another’s throats, over stolen swords, stolen horses, even in which order they should fight one another to settle their disputes.
The best known scene in the story of Angelica and Medoro, as painted by Spranger, Ricci, Tiepolo and others.
Grifone captures the imposter Martano, taking him and his lover back to Damascus. In the siege, the Christians chase of Rodomonte’s one-man terror, and get the upper hand against the Africans and Moors.
At the siege of Paris, Rinaldo arrives with the Scottish and English reinforcements, and engages with the Saracens, while one man runs amok in the city itself.
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 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.
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.
Under the patronage of the d’Estes, Ariosto drew on Carolingian and Arthurian legend, and classical myths, to create his epic. With superb paintings to accompany.