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The Song of Roland

The Song of Roland

  • Title: The Song of Roland
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  • ISBN : 9780140440751
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 208 pages


On 15 August 778, Charlemagne s army was returning from a successful expedition against Saracen Spain when its rearguard was ambushed in a remote Pyrenean pass Out of this skirmish arose a stirring tale of war, which was recorded in the oldest extant epic poem in French The Song of Roland, written by an unknown poet, tells of Charlemagne s warrior nephew, Lord of the Bre On 15 August 778, Charlemagne s army was returning from a successful expedition against Saracen Spain when its rearguard was ambushed in a remote Pyrenean pass Out of this skirmish arose a stirring tale of war, which was recorded in the oldest extant epic poem in French The Song of Roland, written by an unknown poet, tells of Charlemagne s warrior nephew, Lord of the Breton Marches, who valiantly leads his men into battle against the Saracens, but dies in the massacre, defiant to the end In majestic verses, the battle becomes a symbolic struggle between Christianity and Islam, while Roland s last stand is the ultimate expression of honour and feudal values of twelfth century France


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The Song of Roland Reviews (31)

  • It s not surprising that this work s greatest descendants are satires It s often difficult to take the simplistic pro crusade sentiment seriously Each time one of the Knights yelled to some dead Muslim We re right, you re wrong I laughed When you re debate opponent is already slain, I guess you don [..]

  • I am Oliver I m a big fan of heroic literature, but The Song of Roland is not my favorite Honestly, this is very much For the Glory of God , a crusader s epic poem Not a great fit for me thematically, but I really wanted to have this piece of the puzzle slotted in for my understanding of heroic poet [..]

  • Bloodthirsty.Historical clash between Charlemagne s rear guard and rapacious Basques transformed into a medieval epic of betrayal, loyalty and duty against a backdrop of warfare between Muslim Spain and Christian France Hugely influential causing the name Ganelon, here associated with the blackest t [..]

  • This is a work of legend, events that actually happened during the Carolingian Era having been distorted and magnified so as to become myth The epic, an example of the poetic form chanson de geste, is based on the Battle of Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees After seven years of trying, Charles the [..]

  • Charlemagne s Rear Guard17 September 2013 In her introduction Dorothy Sayers compared the Song of Roland with Homer but in my opinion that is like comparing a graffiti artist with Pablo Picasso Yeah, they re both painters, but they simply exist on two completely different levels Granted, the Song of [..]

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