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The Song of Roland (Penguin Classics)

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Based on the massacre in 778 of CharlemagneÆs 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, CharlemagneÆs 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.

Synopsis:

On the 15th of August 778 Charlemagne's army was returning from a successful expedition against Saracen Spain when its rearguard was ambushed. "The Song of Roland" tells of Charlemagne's warrior nephew, Lord of the Breton Marches, who valiantly leads his men into battle against the Saracens.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140445329
Translator:
Burgess, Glyn
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Burgess, Glyn S.
Author:
Burgess, Glyn
Author:
Anonymous
Author:
Burgess, Glyn S.
Location:
London, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Roland (legendary character)
Subject:
Romances
Subject:
Epic poetry, French
Subject:
Epic poetry, French -- Translations into English.
Subject:
Roland
Subject:
Roland (Legendary character) -- Romances.
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
17
Publication Date:
19900631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English.
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.60x5.10x.55 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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