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The Song of Roland Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 23 Summary

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Part 23 Summary

Stanzas 270, 271, 272 - Narration recounts how Ganelon has been enchained and beaten while awaiting trial. Charles summons the governors of his territories to make up the court. Opening speeches are given on both sides of the issue, and then Ganelon is allowed to speak. Before he does, Charles reminds the governors and nobles of the accusations Ganelon faces, referring to the deaths of thousands of soldiers and the particular deaths of Oliver and Roland. Ganelon confesses that because of Roland he lost goods and money, and therefore wanted him to suffer and die. He claims that in that desire for vengeance there was no treachery.

Stanza 273 - Ganelon faces the governors and nobles, among whom are several members of his own family. He reminds them of his loyalty to Charles, and claims that Roland deliberately planned his (Ganelon's) death, a reference to Roland's suggestion in Stanza 20 that Ganelon...

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