Rodomont


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Rodomont

gallant but blustering Saracen leader. [Ital. Lit.: Orlando Furioso; Orlando Innamorato]
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Although Ariosto presents both Orlando and Rodomont as human, he does not present them as equal.
By offering divine providence as the cause and cure of Orlando's madness while offering an internal cause and no cure for Rodomont, Ariosto makes their religion the distinguishing factor in their identities, relegating Rodomont to a lower status than Orlando and enforcing the text's religious propaganda.
In The History of Orlando Furioso, Orlando remains the representative of the homeland, the norm, as he does in Ariosto's work; however, Greene changes the geographical origin of Ariosto's other characters so that each country, old and new, has one representative: Marsilius, Emperor of Africa; the Soldan of Egypt; Rodomont, king of Cuba; Mandricard, King of Mexico; Brandimart, King of the Isles; and Sacripant, a Saracen (Arab).
Although three of Greene's "others," Sacripant, Brandimart, and Rodomont, those that represent Arabia, the Isles, and Cuba, all die at Orlando's hand, there is no mention of what is to become of their native lands.
Marsilius commits no transgression against the Europeans other than existing: unlike Brandimart and Rodomont, he is not a competitor for Angelica; and unlike Sacripant he commits no acts of violence or treachery against anyone.
Needless to say, Rodomont is also nothing like the noble and fearless warrior he claims to be.
55) Another character, Rodomont, at one point refers to Basile as "a little Parisian bourgeois" (Turnebe, 129 [act 5, scene 3]: "un petit bourgeois de Paris").
Eustache's father Girard replies to Louyse's comment about his income with "I really believe that he would dispose of that much, and more, if it were not for his debts," while Louyse's brother fears that Rodomont, like the soldiers Messire Jean deplored in L'Eugene, "might make bold with my niece's goods, and that he might use the money from his marriage for a mount" ("Je croy bien qu'il en jouiroit, et de plus, s'il ne devoit rien"; "se fist brave des biens de ma niepce, et qu'il employast l'argent de son mariage a se monter").
Defeated by Bradamant, the maiden knight, Rodomont promises to release him along with other Christian captives.
Doralice, the Spanish princess who causes a quarrel between Rodomont and Mandricardo.
At Paris, meanwhile, the Saracens under fierce Rodomont had been defeated by the Christian champions.
Once more the Saracens besieged Paris, but as good fortune would have it dissension broke out in the attackers' camp between Rodomont and Mandricardo, a prince of Tartary, over Doralice the Spanish princess.