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The Song of Roland

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The Song of Roland
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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 paganism, while Roland's last stand is the ultimate expression of honour and feudal values of twelfth-century France.

Author Biography

Glyn Burgess teaches at the University of Liverpool. He is an expert on early medieval French literature, and has translated and written widely on this area.
Release date NZ
January 25th, 1990
Contributors
Introduction by Glyn S. Burgess Notes by Glyn S. Burgess Translated by Glyn S. Burgess
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
notes, glossary, bibliography, index
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
224
Dimensions
129x198x13
ISBN-13
9780140445329
Product ID
1660461

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