Aquilon de Baviere

Written in the late fourteenth- to early-fifteenth century by Raffaele da Verona, this work tells the story of Aquilon, the son of Naime, Duke of Bavaria, who was raised among the pagans and given the name Hannibal. After many battles against the Christians, including his greatest enemy, Roland, Aquilon discovers his true identity as a Christian and takes up the sword to right the wrongs he committed against his fellow Christians. The text contains two epilogues in the manuscripts, one in ottoava rima and the other in the form of a sonnet, as well as a prologue, also composed in ottoava rima.


Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, nouvelles acquisitions françaises, 22389, 2 f.

Rome, Vatican Library, Urb. Lat. 381 (late 14th early 15th century).


Wunderli, Peter, ed. Raffaele da Verona. Aquilon de Bavière. Roman franco-italien en prose (1379-1407). 2 vols. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1982.

Thomas, Antoine. “Aquilon de Bavière. Roman franco-italien inconnu,” Romania 11 (1882): 538-69.

Secondary Literature

Coronedi, P. H., “L’Aquilon de Bavière,” Archivum romanicum 19, 1935, p. 237-304.

Krauss, Henning, “Metamorfosi di Orlando nell’Aquilon de Bavière,” Atti e memorie dell’Accademia patavina di scienze, lettere ed arti, 95, 1982-1983, Parte III: Classe di scienze morali, lettere ed arti, p. 425-440.


See Arlima.