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Boiardo’s Cosmpolitan Charlemagne

In book one of Matteo Boiardo’sĀ epicĀ Orlando Inamorato, King Charlemagne hears of the invasion of Muslim-controlled Spain by a vast army from the Far East (Cathay). He summons his council, and makes an observation that’s both irenic and pragmatic: Io odo … Continue reading

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