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Monday, September 30, 2013

In the beginning was the Sword (5)

Guidon, who has been killed by Argantes, was the chief of the mercenary troops, that were - and are - quite independent of the Central Command. Richard would be the most natural successor of Guidon, but right the issue of succession, together with the coming of the witch (and more than that, the non-human) Armida, will create very big troubles in the Christian army.

As to language, Riccardo's words, though spoken in anger, are learned enough to include at least one quotation from Dante: "Hor quale indugio è questo, e che s'aspetta?" recalls Inferno 2: 121-123 very closely, when Virgil encourages his disciple who doesn't feel like facing his mission.