The Song of Roland and Other Poems of Charlemagne

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Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191628190

Category: Poetry

Page: 272

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Charles the king, our emperor great, Has been a full seven years in Spain. As far as the sea he conquered this haughty land. Not a single castle remains standing in his path Charlemagne (768-814) was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 800 and presided over a huge empire. He frequently appears in literature as a great warlord and pious crusading figure. In 778, the rearguard of Charlemagne's retreating army was ambushed and defeated at the battle of Roncevaux. This became the inspiration for songs and poems celebrating deeds of valour in the face of overwhelming odds, through the character of Charlemagne's nephew (the imaginary) Roland. The Song of Roland is the most stirring and moving epic poem of the European Middle Ages, offering a particularly heady mixture of history, legend, and poetry. Presented here in a lively and idiomatic new translation, the Song of Roland offers fascinating insights into medieval ideas about heroism, manhood, religion, race, and nationhood which were foundational for modern European culture. The Song of Roland is accompanied here by two other medieval French epics about Charlemagne, both of which show him to be a far more equivocal figure than that portrayed by the Roland: the Occitan Daurel and Beton, in which he is a corrupt and avaricious monarch; and the Journey of Charlemagne to Jerusalem and Constantinople, which gives the heroes of the Roland a comic makeover.
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The Song of Roland

Author: Robert Harrison

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780451528575

Category: Fiction

Page: 183

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A translation of the medieval epic poem about Roland's adventures and death in Charlemagne's war against the pagans.
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The Song of Roland

Author: John DuVal

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 1603849181

Category: Poetry

Page: 264

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Swift yet resonant, this masterful new verse translation conveys the immediacy, intimacy, and power of this greatest of Old French epic poems. John DuVal approaches the unadorned syntax of The Song of Roland in straightforward modern English, attuned to the nuance and detail of the narrative and the poetry of the original text. In his concise but thorough general Introduction, David Staines traces the origins of the poem and its reception in medieval society, discusses its content and its themes, and in clear, accessible prose illuminates the epic poem’s chivalric spirit. Footnotes provide glosses on events, characters, and medieval terms. Endnotes discuss editorial and translational issues. This edition also includes a selected bibliography, a map, and a glossary and index. An appendix provides the entire text of the Old French original.
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The Song of Roland

Author: Dorothy Leigh Sayers

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140440751

Category: Poetry

Page: 206

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Presents the classical epic, glorifying the heroism of Charlemagne in the 778 battle between the Franks and the Moors. Bibliogs
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The song of Roland

Author: Patricia Ann Terry

Publisher: Macmillan College

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 146

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The English translation of the Chanson de Roland, written by a Norman in 1066. It is written in a series of laisses -- bundles of verse averaging 14 lines in length. The story is based on the Battle of Roncevaux, which concluded the expedition made by Charlemagne in 778 into Spain to expel the Muslims. As he was returning to France through a pass in the Pyrenees, his baggage train and rear guard were ambushed and destroyed by Basques, who then scattered and disappeared. The poem's hero is Roland, and its theme is the confrontation of Christianity and Islam and Charlemagne's duty to defend Christendom against the Muslim infidel.
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The Song of Roland

Author: W.S. Merwin

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 0307790258

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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A contemporary prose rendering of the great medieval French epic, The Song of Roland is as canonical and significant as the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf. It extols the chivalric ideals in the France of Charlemagne through the exploits of Charlemagne's nephew, the warrior Roland, who fights bravely to his death in a legendary battle. Against the bloody backdrop of the struggle between Christianity and Islam, The Song of Roland remains a vivid portrayal of medieval life, knightly adventure, and feudal politics. The first great literary works of a culture are its epic chronicles, those that create simple hero-figures about whom the imagination of a nation can crystallize, observed V. S. Pritchett. The Song of Roland is animated by the crusading spirit and fortified by national and religious propaganda. This edition features W. S. Merwin's glowing, lyrical translation. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Song of Roland

An Analytical Edition: Introduction and Commentary

Author: Gerard J. Brault

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271039145

Category: Literary Criticism

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