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Song of Roland

Song of Roland - 90 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140445329

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ISBN13: 978-0140445329
ISBN10: 0140445323
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 90
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 1990
International: No

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Song of Roland - 90 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140445329

Glyn S. Translator Burgess

ISBN13: 978-0140445329
ISBN10: 0140445323
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 90
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.

Published: 1990
International: No
Summary
Based on the massacre in 778 of Charlemagne's rearguard at Roncesvalles in northern Spain, The Song of Roland transforms a legendary defeat into an epic clash between Christianity and paganism.

At the heart of the poem is the account of the warrior Roland, Charlemagne's nephew and captain of his rearguard, who valiantly leads his men into battle against a vast pagan host and dies, defiant and triumphant, on a hill facing the enemy. The scene that recounts his death is one of the greatest in world literature.

The oldest extant epic poem in French, The Song of Roland is a celebration of the crusading and feudal values of the twelfth century; its skilful structure and poetic intensity make it the most famous of the chansons de geste.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction A Note on the Translation

The Song of Roland Notes Glossary of Unusual Terms Bibliography Appendix: La Chanson de Roland Index of Proper Names