The Song of Roland Characters

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Archbishop Turpin

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Baligant

Baligant is the Emir of Babylon, or Cairo. Marsile calls on him to come and help him defeat Charlemagne. Baligant makes the long trip in record time, and his troops fight valiantly against Charlemagne's forces. Although a Saracen, Baligant is a fine and noble warrior, and that the epic implies that he surely would have won the battle if he had been a Christian. Only with the help of the angel Gabriel is Charlemagne able to kill Baligant in the decisive battle.

Bramidonie

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Bramimunde

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Cartemagnes

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Charles the Great

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Durendal

Roland's famous sword, Durendal, has a golden hilt and a blade of steel. Sacred relics, including the teeth, hair, and blood of saints, and fabric from a garment worn by the Blessed Virgin, are enclosed in the hilt. The sword's strength is such that Roland cannot even...

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