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- DescriptionTeofilo Folengo (1491-1544) was born in Mantua and joined the Benedictine order, but became a runaway monk and a satirist of monasticism. In 1517, he published, under the pseudonym Merlin Cocaio, the first version of his macaronic narrative poem Baldo , later enlarged and elaborated. It blended Latin with various Italian dialects in hexameter verse, inventing a deliberately droll language whose humour depends on the mixture of high and low tonalities. An important example of the mock-heroic epic, the work was a model for Rabelais and was frequently reprinted. Baldo, the hero of these picaresque adventures, is a descendant of French royalty who starts out as something of a juvenile delinquent. The poem narrates episodes which include imprisonment; battles with local authorities, pirates, shepherds, witches, and demons; and a journey to the underworld. Throughout, Baldo is accompanied by various companions, among them a giant, a centaur, a magician, and his best friend Cingar, a wickedly inventive trickster ( practicus ad beffas ). This edition provides the first English translation of this hilarious send-up of ancient epic and Renaissance chivalric romance.
- Author BiographyAnn E. Mullaney holds a Ph.D. in Italian Language and Literature from Yale University and has taught at the University of New Hampshire, Emory University, and the University of Minnesota.
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication22/05/2007
- LanguageEnglish & Italian & Italian & Latin & Latin
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Series TitleThe I Tatti Renaissance Library
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 25
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight606 g
- Width141 mm
- Height208 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Translated byAnn E. Mullaney
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