(in Jerusalem Delivered) shows a generous contempt of
danger. Son of Eudes and Emma (sister of Robert Guiscard), Boemond 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 Clorinda, 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 Erminia, who was in love
with him (bk. xix.).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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