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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

[GC] The glory of British archers

Galleria Sabauda, Torino (Savoy Art Gallery, Turin, Italy)

The description of the (fictional) Battle of Jaffa in Tasso's Gerusalemme Conquistata continues with many valiant acts of the Crusaders besieged by the Muslims. This agitated section of the poem should be read in succession, like seeing a movie; it would not work much to extrapolate a few lines. Sometimes the pace slows down to focus on one warrior, for example here:

[17: 122]

With both Roberts was William, the handsome,
the honor and the glory of British archers;
he wore a golden armor and helmet, all
with gold did his beautiful weapons shine,     (*)
his Anselm carrying the golden quiver:
he shot arrows, and had already hit many.
With those golden, splendid arms of his
he kept making lethal, insidious wounds.

(*) A Renaissance parade armor, rather than Medieval war equipment.