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A vernacular work, like the poems anthologized in the Chansonnier, the Innamoramento di Carlo Magno is very uncommon for an ordinary printed book. In the nineteenth century, Brunet knew of two surviving copies. This is presumably one of them but the other has since disappeared -- whether lost or destroyed is impossible to guess. The work is a poem in Italian on the imaginary loves and adventures of the otherwise perfectly historical Carolus Magnus, or Charlemagne (ca. 742-814 C.E., crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 800 C.E.). The poets whose work appears in the French Chansonnier give evidence of a reinvigorated tradition of lyric poetry. The Innamoramento lies behind later Italian romances (such as those by Boiardo, Ariosto, Pulci, and Tasso). This copy, notable not only for its text but also for the possibility that it is, now, the unique surviving exemplar, is bound in a splendid early sixteenth-century gold-tooled bookbinding, almost certainly made in Spain.
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Innamoramento di Carlo Magno e dei suoi paladini. [Venice: Georgius Walch, 20 July 1481]. Goff C-204.