Rinaldo and Armida by Francesco Hayes

Rinaldo and Armida by Francesco Hayes

Rinaldo and Armida are the heroes of the poem “Liberated Jerusalem” by the Italian poet Tasso. The poem is dedicated to the First Crusade, culminating in the capture of Jerusalem in 1099 and the establishment of the Christian kingdom. Armida, the beautiful witch, was sent by Satan to crush the crusaders by the power of her charms.

She hated Rinaldo and wanted to take revenge on him for saving his comrades, whom she, like Circe, turned into monsters. However, conquered by the beauty of Rinaldo, Armida falls in love with him and carries her to her enchanted gardens.

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