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The Song of Roland

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The Song of Roland is an epic poem, originally sung in Old French. It tells the story of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass in 778. This is an English translation. Translated by Charles Kenneth Scott-Moncrieff.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Since the rereward you have for me decreed.
  Charles the King will never lose by me,
  As I know well, nor charger nor palfrey,
  Jennet nor mule that canter can with speed,
  Nor sumpter-horse will lose, nor any steed;
  But my sword's point shall first exact their meed."
  Answers him Guenes: "I know; 'tis true in-deed."


  When Rollant heard that he should be rerewarden
  Furiously he spoke to his good-father:
  "Aha! culvert; begotten of a bastard.
  Thinkest the glove will slip from me hereafter,
  As then from thee the wand fell before Charles?"
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Community Reviews

Another text on my reading list for university! This is a French epic about the warrior nephew of Charlemagne, Roland, with a conflict meant to be a symbol for the war between Christianity and Islam.

This is epic, but without much characterisation, in contrast to the Icelandic sagas I have been enjoy

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 yo

This is an excellent epic poem of war. I shall give a full review later.

The oldest surviving major work of French literature, and an entertaining medieval classic. This epic poem presents a stylized version of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass (in 778), when Charlemagne's Christian forces fought the Spanish Muslims. If you enjoy epic poetry or medieval literature, this is no

Poetry is not my favorite genre but this is a superb translation by Dorothy Sayers, the writer of Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries.

Before the poem, she devotes several pages to a thorough and interesting history of knights, lords, lieges, etc.. and their relationships with each other. I think this helps

"La batalla tendremos como nunca se ha visto.
Mis señores franceses, ¡Dios nos quiera valer!
¡Mantened bien el campo, que no seamos vencidos!
Los franceses responden: ¡Maldito sea el que huya!
Ni en peligro de muerte nadie os ha de fallar."

Hasta hoy sólo lo conocía de oídas como uno de los Cantares de g

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