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Morgana and Manodante: Boiardo and the Aristocratic Response to Mercantilism

Morgana and Manodante: Boiardo and the Aristocratic Response to Mercantilism

Chapter:
(p.63) Chapter 4 Morgana and Manodante: Boiardo and the Aristocratic Response to Mercantilism
Source:
Trade and Romance
Author(s):
Michael Murrin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226071602.003.0005

Matteo Maria Boiardo was a well-educated count who served the rulers of Ferrara but who is remembered today as a great poet and the one who set the pattern of heroic romance in the Renaissance. As an aristocrat, he saw the problems involved in the mixture of commerce and heroism. He developed his critique through the interaction of his hero Orlando with the treasure fairy Morgana and Manodante’s family, the richest in the world.

Keywords:   Golden Fleece, Labyrinth, Euhemerism, Theseus, Jason, sex

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