The Song of Roland - Part 2 Summary & Analysis

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Part 2 Summary

Stanza 2 - Marsile addresses his courtiers and soldiers, telling them that Charles has come to conquer their land, that he has no army left to fight, and that he needs their advice on how to protect their home. Only Blancandrin speaks.

Stanza 3 - Blancandrin is described as wise and trustworthy, and advises Marsile to send Charles an extravagant tribute along with several hostages, the promise to meet him in peace, and a commitment to convert to Christianity. He believes that Charles has had enough of war, and that this apparent surrender will be enough to convince him to go home without attacking. He concludes by saying this form of surrender is better than living as a conquered people.

Stanza 4 - Blancandrin says again that paying Charles such tribute will be enough to convince him to go home, saying that once he gets there he'll celebrate in church...

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