Ariosto Author:Chelsa Quinn Yarbro A Romance for an Alternate Renaissance... — A fantasy novel of a poet-warrior caught in a furious Renaissance-era game of chance. — Ariosto -- Warrior, Poet, Lover ... Come and dream the stuff of legends! — In 1533, a court poet laureate to the de-Medicis in Renaissance Italy is involved in the intrigues to hold Italy together. Ludovico Ariosto is ... more »a gentle man possessed of wisdom and great talent -- his verses bring honor to his patron and make hot-blooded men weep for their sheer beauty, but he dreams of a world where he is a famous soldier-poet.« less
This historical fantasy has two interlaced plotlines. In the "historical" plotline, the poet Ariosto deals with political intrigue involving the family of English martyr Sir Thomas More. The other plotline happens in Ariosto's imaginanation, in which he is a great hero and military adviser to the Cerocchi (i.e., Cherokee) people who rule much of the New World. Both the historical setting and the alternate world are well drawn, and Ariosto makes for a hero in the true Renaissance spirit.
Courtly Intrigues... Magic And Romance...
In Renaissance Italy, he is poet laureate, confused by the intrigues of a corrupt court, faithful only to his poetry and his patron, caught in a secret plot to save Europe from war.
But in the America of his own poetic dreams, he is Lodovico Ariosto,warrior-hero of the Cerocchi people,come to deliver them from the soul-stealing wizard who would conquer them and the whole innocent world.