European - The horse of Rinaldo. This horse was originally owned by Amadis of Gaul but later ran wild. When Rinaldo and Isolier tried to capture the horse it killed the Saracen, but was subdued by Rinaldo. After many adventures the horse came finally into the hands of Gradasso, who fought Rinaldo for possession. The magician Malagigi caused the horse to bolt into the woods but Gradasso recovered it and took it back to his own country. When later Roland killed Gradasso, he took over Bayard who was eventually returned to Rinaldo. When his master fell out of favour with the emperor, the army of Charlemagne besieged Rinaldo's castle and virtually starved the occupants into submission. As a condition of forgiveness Charlemagne required Rinaldo to give the horse to his son Charlot. This evil prince tried three times to drown the horse; twice it struggled out of the water but, on the third occasion, when he could not see his master, he sank to the bottom and died. Other versions say that Charlot had been killed by Rinaldo, who fled to Montalban and it was Charlemagne who had the horse drowned in the Seine. In some accounts this horse was called Bayardo (Bajardo) and Bayard (Bayart) was a horse given by Charlemagne to the four sons of Aymon (of whom Rinaldo was one), which could adjust its size to carry up to four riders and which had the power of speech. In this version the horse had passed from Amadis to the magician Malagigi, who gave it to Renault (Rinaldo) who gave it to Charlemagne who, in turn, gave it to Aymon. Yet another story says that the horse belonged to Aymon who had received it from the magician Malagigi, who had brought it originally from hell. When Satan stole it, Malagigi tricked him and got it back for Aymon who gave it to his son Rinaldo; when he thought he was about to die. Some say that Bayard still lives in the Ardennes. In some references, referred to as Bayard, Bajardo, Bajardo, Bayardo, Bayardo, Bayart or Bayart.

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