-->''Le donne, i cavallier, l'arme, gli amori,''
-->''le cortesie, l'audaci imprese io canto,''
-->''che furo al tempo che passaro i Mori''
-->''d'Africa il mare, e in Francia nocquer tanto,''
-->''seguendo l'ire e i giovenil furori''
-->''d'Agramante lor re, che si diè vanto''
-->''di vendicar la morte di Troiano''
-->''sopra re Carlo imperator romano.''

-->''Of loves and ladies, knights and arms, I sing''
-->''Of courtesies, and many a daring feat,''
-->''And from those ancient days my story bring''
-->''When Moors from Afric passed in hostile fleet,''
-->''And ravaged France, with Agramant their king''
-->''Flushed with his youthful rage and furious heat''
-->''Who on king Charles', the Roman emperor's head''
-->''Had vowed due vengeance for Troyano dead.''

--->'''Orlando Furioso''' (opening stanza, trans. by William Stewart Rose)

A massive [[ChivalricRomance chivalric]] [[NarrativePoem epic poem]] in 46 cantos by Ludovico Ariosto, first published in 1516 and revised and expanded a couple times, with its final form appearing in 1532. ''Orlando Furioso'' ("Mad Orlando" or "The Fury of Orlando") [[FanSequel continues and completes]] the story begun in the [[AuthorExistenceFailure unfinished]] but equally epic poem, ''Orlando Innamorato'' ("Orlando In Love") by Matteo Maria Boiardo, Conte di Scandiano (1441-1494). Charlemagne (Carlo) is at war with the Saracens, and his paladin Orlando (Roland), the world's greatest knight (and hero of the French ''[[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Chanson de Roland]]''), goes mad from UnrequitedLove for the pagan princess [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Angelica]] of Cathay. Has a BetaCouple, which also consists of a pagan and a Christian: [[{{Badass}} Ruggiero]] (Roger) of Risa and [[ActionGirl Bradamante]], the mythical ancestors of Boiardo's and Ariosto's employers, the Este family, ducal house of Ferrara.

The poem is not so much a ChivalricRomance as a {{Deconstruction}} of same, casting an [[DeconstructorFleet ironic eye on all the tropes and conventions]] of the genre, with Orlando's devotional love turning to madness being only the most obvious treatment. But Ariosto is more interested in entertaining than anything else, and succeeds at his task at [[{{Doorstopper}} great length]]. It was enormously influential in the centuries after it was written, influencing Tasso, [[TheFaerieQueene Spencer]], and [[ParadiseLost Milton]] to name the most famous.
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!!Tropes found in ''Orlando Furioso'':

* TwentyFourHourArmor: Marfisa
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Rinaldo to Angelica, thanks to a magic river
* AbusiveParents: What to do if your daughter indirectly and passivley-aggressively expresses disagreement with your choice of husband for her? Kidnap her, obviously! (It should be noted that in some of the other texts featuring the characters, one of the parents involved, Aymon, tries to kill his sons and his wife. Bradamante got off lightly)
* ActionGirl: Bradamante and Marfisa.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Rodomont has a case of this, leading to him becoming TheTeetotaler
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: In the LadyLand visited by Astolpho and Marfisa, the only way a man can avoid slavery is to prove his worthiness by defeating ten champions in a day and then bed ten women that night. According to Guido's extensive explanation, this was set up precisely because of this trope, when the queen's daughter desired a particularly worthy fighter who was, in fact, descended from Hercules.
* AntiMagic: This is what Angelica's Ring does when worn on a finger (it doubles as a Ring of Gyges if you put it on your ''tongue'').
* AuthorFilibuster: Ariosto did ''not'' like cannons, recently introduced to European warfare.
* AxCrazy: Rodamont
* {{Badass}}: Bradamante, Ruggiero, Orlando, and most Saracens, especially Rodomonte.
* BadassInDistress: Happens to a lot of the characters at some point, but special mention goes to the number of times Ruggiero needs his [[ActionGirl girlfriend]] to save him.
* BattleCouple: Bradamante and Ruggiero.
* BerserkButton: Interrupting a single combat Marfisa is involved is NOT a good idea. In the prequel she attacks her boss (and his army) for attacking the guy she was already fighting. In this one, she tries to kill her best friend for trying to intervene in her fight with Bradamante.
* BestHerToBedHer: Bradamante demands a husband who can hold his own against her in battle from dawn to dusk.
** Though she's doing it more so she gets some choice over who she marries than any other reason. If she'd knowingly fought Ruggiero, she would almost certainly have let him win
* BreakTheCutie: Early on, Angelica gets a RageAgainstTheHeavens about how the prequel was this for her. Immediately afterwards, she gets a NearRapeExperience, is kidnapped by pirates, gets ChainedToARock, has another NearRapeExperience with her rescuer...
* BrotherSisterIncest: Flirted with: Marfisa is quite attracted to Ruggiero (and his fighting ability) until it's revealed he's her brother.
* CelibateHero: Orlando used to be one before Boiardo got his hands on him in the prequel.
* CharacterDevelopment: [[CharacterizationMarchesOn Compared to how she was in the prequel]], [[DefrostingIceQueen Marfisa is a lot less]] AxCrazy here
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Frequently happens when Ariosto jumps between threads of his KudzuPlot.
* CoolHorse: Several.
* ConvertingForLove: Ruggiero and his sister Marfisa.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas
* ChainedToARock: Happens twice in ''Orlando Furioso''. First, Angelica of Cathay is captured by the pirates of Ebuda, only to be stripped naked and exposed on a rock to a sea monster. After she's rescued, the pirates replace her with Olympia of Holland. Neither woman can conceal their modesty when their rescuer approaches.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Ruggiero and Marfisa have some of these.
* DeconstructorFleet
* DefiledForever: Discussed and deconstructed with both Angelica and Guinevere.
* DefrostingIceQueen: The description of Angelica finally falling in love is ''filled'' with imagery of melting.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Pretty much everybody who fell in love with Angelica, including the titular Orlando. After being romantically pursued by the world's greatest knights, the princess ends up [[spoiler: falling in love with and marrying Medoro, a wounded mere foot-soldier.]]
* TheDulcineaEffect: Ruthlessly attacked with Angelica, especially her using the devoted Sacripante (picked because he was the knight she could most easily control) entirely for her own ends.
* EasyEvangelism: Lots of Muslim and Pagan warriors, kings and cities convert to Christianity after getting defeated by one of the protagonists. It's not even forced either: they impute the enemy's victory to their superior religion and willingly abandon theirs.
* EpiphanicPrison: Atlantes creates one of these to protect Ruggiero by trapping him and every knight capable of killing him in a labyrinth where they endlessly chase after phantom visions of Angelica. They escape when [[spoiler: the real Angelica accidentally disspells it with her AntiMagic ring]]. The results are not pretty.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Agramant's entire army AND their prisoners are convinced Ruggiero and Marfisa are a couple...[[ShipSinking Turns out they're each other's long lost twins]]
* GildedCage
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Bradamante and Ricardetto. The latter takes advantage of this to woo a princess who [[LezYay fell in love]] with his sister.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade
* IceQueen: Angelica, but it's not her fault (she drank from a magic spring).
* IfICantHaveYou: When Bradamante thinks Ruggiero has left her, her plan swings between this and something along the lines of "I'll make him kill me and then he'll be sorry!" In the end, she can't bring herself to hurt him.
* KudzuPlot
* KnightInShiningArmor
* KnightTemplarParent: Atlas may be one of the few characters who isn't a knight, but he still fits this trope, going to insane lengths to keep Ruggiero locked up for his own good, and even coming back from the dead to protect his children...
* LadyLand: Alessandretta, visited by Astolpho and Marfisa.
* LadyOfWar: Bradamante and Marfisa.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoveAcrossBattleLines: Ruggiero and Bradamante
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: The source of the titular fury.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Most of Ruggiero's and Bradamante's plot is caused by Ruggiero's guardian Atlante constantly trying to trap his former protegé in a different GildedCage to protect him from the dangerous life of a knight.
* MadeASlave: Marfisa's backstory
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Bradamante tries to do this to Marfisa, although the love triangle is mainly in her head... probably.
* MyBelovedSmother: Beatrice is this to Bradamante.
* OneOfTheBoys: Marfisa, in marked contrast to Bradamante, who is much more frequently described in feminine terms.
* NoSocialSkills: Marfisa.
* PairTheSpares: Leo may not [[DidNotGetTheGirl get the girl]] but it's implied that Melissa is interested...
* SamusIsAGirl: Bradamante does this to Fiordispina.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The story begins (or [[FanSequel continues]]) with Angelica running away after Charlemagne promises her as the prize to the knight who kills the most enemy soldiers.
* SeaMonster
* ShipperOnDeck: Rinaldo's ''horse'' Baiardo for his master and Angelica.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: With a side order of CursedWithAwesome in the prequel: [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Angelica]], a pagan, comes to Charlemagne's court specifically to cause havoc with her beauty, and succeeds quite entertainingly -- and all too well. By the time Ariosto takes up the story, she's lost her brother and been kidnapped for her beauty more times than you really want to think about -- all she wants to do is get home and be done with it all.
* SuperToughness: Orlando and Ferrau have invulnerable skin as hard as diamond, except in [[AchillesHeel one location]]. Orlando in particular seems to wear armor only as a uniform, to make it clear to others that yes, he is a knight.
* TakeThat: To cannons, complete with an AuthorFilibuster on the matter.
* TakeAThirdOption: Angelica picks neither Orlando nor Scarpescant (to name only her two most prominent knightly suitors), but an obscure foot-soldier.
* TheCasanova: Several characters consider Rinaldo to be this.
* TheDeterminator: Many characters going out looking for their beloved become this; Bradamante, Rinaldo and Fiordiligi in particular
* {{Tomboy}}: Marfisa.
* UnrequitedLove: Orlando.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Angelica was in love with Rinaldo, who did not reciprocate. Then they both drank from magic springs that made Angelica hate him and Rinaldo fall madly in love with her. Oh, the beauty of irony!
* UrExample: Of the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent hippogriff]].
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Bradamante
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Fiordespina. After her illicit romance with Richardet is discovered, he gets rescued from execution... and no-one mentions what happens to her. Even worse if you take ''[[Literature/TheSongOfRoland The Song Of Roland]]'' as canon, where her father Marsilius says he doesn't have any living children...
* WhatTheHellHero: Ruggiero finds Angelica ChainedToARock, is reminded of his girlfriend, rescues her... [[ValuesDissonance and tries to rape her]].
* WhiteMagicianGirl: Melissa acts like this throughout the story, although a story Rinaldo hears indicates [[HiddenDepths a darker side]]
* WomanInWhite: Bradamante, even thought it's pure white ''armor''.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Orlando gets dumped rather messily, having alienated everyone else he's close to for his girlfriend, and goes on a tearing-people-apart rampage
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Angelica.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Orlando.
* YourCheatingHeart: There's a particularly jarring case of ValuesDissonance when Rinaldo takes a break from chasing Angelica to go home and hug his wife and children. Orlando is also married (or at least engaged)

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