Upgrade to a better browser, please.

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Authors

Ludovico Ariosto

Added By: gallyangel
Last Updated: gallyangel

Ludovico Ariosto

Search for this author through Search for this author on Search for this author on
Full Name: Ludovico Ariosto
Born: Reggio Emilia, Duchy of Modena and Reggio, Holy Roman Empire
Occupation: Poet
Nationality: Italian


Ludovico Ariosto, 8 September 1474 -- 6 July 1533, was an Italian poet. He is best known as the author of the romance epic Orlando Furioso.

Ariosto was born in Reggio nell'Emilia, where his father Niccolò Ariosto was commander of the citadel. He was the oldest of 10 children and was seen as the successor to the patriarchal position of his family. From his earliest years, Ludovico was very interested in poetry, but he was obliged by his father to study law.

After five years of law, Ariosto was allowed to read classics under Gregorio da Spoleto. Ariosto's studies of Greek and Latin literature were cut short by Spoleto's move to France to tutor Francesco Sforza. Shortly after this, Ariosto's father died.

After the death of his father, Ludovico Ariosto was compelled to forgo his literary occupations and take care of his family, whose affairs were in disarray. Despite his family obligations, Ariosto managed to write some comedies in prose as well as lyrical pieces. Some of these attracted the notice of Cardinal Ippolito d'Este, who took the young poet under his patronage and appointed him one of the gentlemen of his household. Este compensated Ariosto poorly for his efforts; the only reward he gave the poet for Orlando Furioso, dedicated to him, was the question, "Where did you find so many stories, Master Ludovico?" Ariosto later said that the cardinal was ungrateful, that he deplored the time which he spent under his yoke, and that if he received some small pension, it was not to reward him for his poetry -- which the prelate despised -- but for acting as a messenger.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Ballantine Adult Fantasy

 54. (1516)