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Galeotto fu il libro (= intermediary was the book)
The expression is used to indicate an object or an event that made possible a love affair or other union. It is a quote from the 5th canto of the Inferno of Dante Alighieri. In the circle of the lustful, Francesca da Rimini Dante tells about the love story with her brother in law Paolo Malatesta, which broke out while the two were reading for pleasure a pace of a chivalric romance where Queen Guinevere, the wife of King Arthur, was kissed by Lancelot. At that point, Paolo kissed her, and Francesca says "Galeotto fu 'l libro e chi lo scrisse." (=Galehaut was the book and he who wrote it). Galeotto indeed, was the queen's steward who acted as a go-between her and Lancelot.