Based on popular Matter of France material, the poem tells the story of Orlando and Renaud de Montauban (Italian: Renaldo or Rinaldo), the most famous of Charlemagne's paladins, in a frequently burlesque fashion. The title character is a giant who becomes Orlando's loyal follower after the knight stops him from attacking the monastery of Chiaromonte and converts him to Christianity. After many adventures, Morgante is killed by a bite from a crab. Other characters include Morgante's friend, the gluttonous Margutte who dies in a fit of laughter, and the philosophically inclined demon Astarotte. The poem ends with an account of Orlando's defeat and death at the Battle of Roncesvalles. Lord Byron translated the first canto of Morgante in 1822.
The Italian Epic's English Pantheon.(Morgante: The Epic Adventures of Orlando and His Giant Friend Morgante)(Book review)
Jan 01, 1999; Luigi Pulci. Morgante. The Epic Adventures of Orlando and His Giant Friend Morgante. Trans. Joseph Tusiani. Introd. and comm....