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Other medieval French epics have survived. They were grouped by twelfth-century scribes into cycles. The Song ofRolandis part of the Cycle of the King (Geste du roi), which also includes The Pilgrimage of Charlemagne (he pelerinage de Charlemagne or he voyage de Charlemagne), Other epic poetry cycles included the Feudal Cycle (Geste de Boon de Maiance) and the William cycle (Geste de Guillaume d'Orange or Geste de Garin de Monglane.

Italian Renaissance poet Luidi Pulci wrote a burlesque version of the Roland story in 1470 entitles II Morgante maggiore (The Great Morgante), retelling the story of the ambush in the valley of Roncevalles.

The romantic poem Orlando Innamorto (Roland in Love), by Matteo Maria Boiardo, blends the heroic ideal of the Roland epic with the courtly love motif of later French epic poetry.

Lodovico Ariosto's Orlando Funoso (Roland Mad) adds many episodes to the account of...

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