Part 1* Reader is introduced to Roland * Roland is in service to Charlemagne * Roland is Charlemagne's nephew * Charlemagne has been at war with Spain for seven years * King Marsile, a Muslim, rules Saragossa
Part 2* Marsile asks the people for advice * Blancandrin comes up with a plan * The group intends to approach Charlemagne with a peace offering * The group will make a false commitment to convert * Blancandrin and others depart * The poem indicates that Charlemagne will have no idea of the betrayal to come
Part 3* Charlemagne is happy with his success * Charlemagne's people meet in a great orchard * Charlemagne is surrounded by his people, including Roland and Oliver * Blancandrin meets Charlemagne and delivers gifts * Blancandrin also tells of Marsile's willingness to convert * Charlemagne puts everyone up for the night * Charlemagne meets with his advisers
Part 4* Charlemagne considers Marsile's offer * Roland advises against Charlemagne's acceptance * Ganelon tells Charlemagne to ignore Roland...
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