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Title: "Baudalino" by Umberto Eco. [review]
Authors: Dooley, Gillian Mary
Keywords: Third Crusade
Gillian Dooley
Issue Date: 28-Sep-2004
Publisher: Adelaide Review
Citation: Dooley, Gillian 2004. Review of "Baudalino" by Umberto Eco. 'The Adelaide Review', September 28, 30.
Abstract: You might have thought that Monty Python had the last word on the Holy Grail, but now Umberto Eco has offered his own version of this potent mediaeval myth in "Baudalino", his latest novel. The title character is a peasant boy in twelfth-century Italy who by chance meets Frederick Barbarossa, the first Holy Roman Emperor. The novel tells of his adventures over the next fifty years: how Frederick adopts him and sends him to Paris to be educated; how he helps his adopted father, by means of his quick wit and good nature, to extricate himself from many tricky situations. Eventually he persuades an aging Frederick to embark on a Crusade. Mired in the dangerous politics of the warring states east of the Mediterranean, Frederick dies mysteriously in the castle of an Armenian dignitary. Baudalino and his eleven motley companions set off to find the fabled eastern kingdom of Prester John, posing as the Twelve Magi. Truth or lies, fact or fiction? Baudalino relates his story to Niketas, a Byzantine historian in Constantinople, under attack from another wave of barbarian crusaders in 1204.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/621
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