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Floridoro: A Chivalric Romance

byModerata Fonte

Paperback | November 15, 2006

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The first original chivalric poem written by an Italian woman, Floridoro imbues a strong feminist ethos into a hypermasculine genre. Dotted with the usual characteristics—dark forests, illusory palaces, enchanted islands, seductive sorceresses—Floridoro is the story of the two greatest knights of a bygone age: the handsome Floridoro, who risks everything for love, and the beautiful Risamante, who helps women in distress while on a quest for her inheritance. Throughout, Moderata Fonte (1555–92) vehemently defends women’s capacity to rival male prowess in traditionally male-dominated spheres. And her open criticism of women’s lack of education is echoed in the plights of various female characters who must depend on unreliable men.

First published in 1581, Floridoro remains a vivacious and inventive narrative by a singular poet.

Valeria Finucci is professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. She is the editor and translator of Giulia Bigolina’s Urania:A Romance, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Julia Kisacky is senior lecturer in Italian at Baylor University.
Title:Floridoro: A Chivalric RomanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:November 15, 2006Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226256782

ISBN - 13:9780226256788

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Table of Contents


Series Editors’ Introduction

Moderata Fonte and the Genre of Women’s Chivalric Romances 1

Volume Editors’ Bibliography

Note on Translation


Floridoro: A Chivalric Romance

Lettera autografa/ Dedicatory Letter

Prefatory Sonnets / Prefatory Sonnets

Canto 1

Canto 2

Canto 3

Canto 4

Canto 5

Canto 6

Canto 7

Canto 8

Canto 9

Canto 10

Canto 11

Canto 12

Canto 13


Appendix: Cantos 1 and 2 and excerpts from Cantos 4, 8, 11, and 13 in Italian         



Series Editors’ Bibliography