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The Song of Roland

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780140445329
Author(s): Glyn Burgess
Format: Paperback
Year: 1990
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Penguin Books
Dimensions: 130 x 193 x 14 (w x l x h)
Pages: 224
Series: Penguin Classics

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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.

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