Paintings of knights in armour from Raphael in c 1502, through Ingres’ rescue of Angelica, to Arthurian legends and the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
How William Merritt Chase’s beard changed, beards in literature such as ‘Faust’, Bluebeard, Redbeard, and beware of the moustache.
Orlando discovers that Angelica has already married, and goes mad. Paintings by Delacroix, Böcklin, frescoes and Doré’s prints.
Summary of the plot in the first half of Ariosto’s epic, with links to detailed accounts, and paintings by Delacroix, Rubens, Böcklin, Ingres and others.
Leon takes Ruggiero back to Paris and confesses his deception to Charlemagne. At Bradamante and Ruggiero’s wedding banquet a black knight shows up, bringing more trouble.
The burial of Brandimarte, and death of his wife. After that, Charlemagne celebrates the triumph of his paladins, before Ruggiero and Bradamante’s marriage is called off.
While Ruggiero ends up shipwrecked on a rock, Orlando and his team of paladins face combat with Agramante on the island of Lampedusa.
As Agramante looks for a way out, Orlando leads an assault on the city of Biserta, which destroys it. But what plan is Agramante hatching against Orlando?
A Saracen solution backfires badly, forcing the invading forces to sail back to North Africa. What they’re not expecting is an enemy fleet. And Orlando recovers his wits at last.
Marfisa, Bradamante and Ruggiero fight together until the soul of Atlante tells them the story of their birth, and how a cruel misogynist is deposed.