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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Tan’cred (in Jerusalem Delivered)
shows a generous contempt of danger. Son of Eudes and Emma (sister of Robert Guiscard), Bœmond or Bohemond was his cousin. Tancred was the greatest of all the Christian warriors except Rinaldo. His one fault was “woman’s love,” and that woman Olorinda, a Pagan (bk. i.). He brought 800 horse from Tuscany and Campania to the allied Christian army. He slew Clorinda (not knowing her) in a night combat, and lamented her death with great lamentation (bk. xii.). Being wounded, he was nursed by Ermin’ia, who was in love with him (bk. xix.).   1



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