The Song of Roland

The Song of Roland

Book - 1957
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Presents the classical epic, glorifying the heroism of Charlemagne in the 778 battle between the Franks and the Moors.
The Song of Roland, as Dorothy Sayers remarks in the introduction to this fine translation, is 'the earliest, the most famous, and the greatest of those Old French epics which are called Songs of Deeds'. Writing around the end of the eleventh century, and recalling an actual disaster in 778, the anonymous poet describes in detail the betrayal and slaughter by Saracens of the rearguard of Charlemagne's army under Roland at Rencevaux and Charlemagne's bitter revenge. Nowhere in literature is the medieval code of chivalry more perfectly expressed than in this masterly and exciting poem.
Publisher: [Harmondsworth, Eng.] : Penguin Books, ©1957.
ISBN: 9780140440751
Characteristics: 206 pages :,illustrations ;,19 cm.


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