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The Song of Roland Summary

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The Song of Roland Summary


The Song of Roland, generally believed to have been composed around 1130, is the oldest surviving French epic. It is the preeminent example of the chanson de geste, or "song of great deeds," a poetic form usually used to tell stories of heroism rather than the accounts of love relationships that became more popular later in the twelfth century. The work knew an astounding success throughout the Middle Ages. Versions of the tale were popular in England, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Wales until about 1500, but the story languished during the Renaissance (1500-1700). Starting in the late nineteenth century, scholars in France and Germany began to study the tale, noting its relevance to the formation of modern-day France. The epic draws a line between France and Islamic Spain By describing "la douce France" (sweet France) as consisting of a particular people, faith, and territory, the anonymous author lays the...

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