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A Wood in the Desert

A Wood in the Desert

Chapter:
(p.261) Chapter 12 A Wood in the Desert
Source:
Trade and Romance
Author(s):
Michael Murrin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226071602.003.0013

This chapter serves three functions. The first involves the problem of what one might call inevitable forgetfulness. With the barrage of new information brought in by the discoveries, there was too much to assimilate. The second issue concerns both Boiardo and Milton. The former was the main inventor of Renaissance romance, and there are many romance elements in Paradise Regained, though Milton’s main model was Huon of Bordeaux in the prose version. The third issue concerns the problems authors have when they try to set scenes in foreign places that they know only through books. Boiardo and Milton tried to keep their geography accurate but did not always succeed.

Keywords:   Relations, Tiberianus, desert, wood, Sandys, Oberon

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