Charlemagne | Critical Essay by John D. Niles

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of Charlemagne.
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Critical Essay by John D. Niles

SOURCE: “The Ideal Depiction of Charlemagne in La Chanson de Roland,”Viator, Vol. 7, 1976, pp. 123-39.

In the following essay, Niles argues that Charlemagne, not Roland, is the chief hero of La Chanson de Roland and that Charlemagne’s seeming passivity actually “represents power in the pure majesty of its potentiality.”

The Charlemagne of La Chanson de Roland has seemed to many an enigmatic figure. On the one hand he is consistently praised. On the other hand he does fairly little. He seeks out the advice of his lords and accepts it when it is given. He appears to be duped by Marsile and Ganelon. For the greater part of the poem he seems little more than a figurehead, while the attention of the audience is commanded by the high...

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