Notes to the Fifth Canto, Parts 1 and 2

The Orlando Innamorato in English translation. Book I, Canto V, Stanzas 1-40 Notes

31. Malagise has run the risk of damnation by his practice of magic. Practitioners of magic such as Cornelius Agrippa insisted that there was no sin in summoning demons so long as the wizard refused to serve or worship them, and used their powers to good ends. The Church considered this mere sophistry, and condemned outright all invocations to or of demons.
35. Almanzor. Almanzor was a vizier of Moorish Spain in the late 900’s. How his name became corrupted into a title, I do not know.
Sword of wood. Carried by heralds, as a sign of their office.

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