The Song of Roland

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The poem's vivid set pieces--the treason of Ganelon, the last stand of Roland at Roncesvals, Charlemagne's campaign of vengeance, and the final act of retribution--are justly famous.
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Overview

The poem's vivid set pieces--the treason of Ganelon, the last stand of Roland at Roncesvals, Charlemagne's campaign of vengeance, and the final act of retribution--are justly famous.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484816929
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/25/2013
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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Author of the classic The Song of Roland.
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Table of Contents

Introduction A Note on the Translation

The Song of Roland Notes Glossary of Unusual Terms Bibliography Appendix: La Chanson de Roland Index of Proper Names

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Lest we forget

    This is the story of a battle that became famous in the early middle ages. It is related in poetic form through a French Chanson de Geste or Songs of Deeds. It is a story that had its first telling across campfires by the surviving participants of the battle as it was remembered and discussed for the remainder of their lives and was eventually put in poetic form for later posterity. Every combat veteran should read this book. It still clearly shows that every combat unit has its heroes, sung and unsung. These men can be identified because, when the tough assignment comes, they are always first up for it. A leader even gets to the point where he knows a particular handful of people are grossly over-used, but they are so competent that their presence means less casualties and you have to choose them. The story clearly illustrates the bond between exceptional leaders and their men. It clearly illustrates how exceptionally talented leaders are always ready to step up and take the hard assignments as they come. The story points out the absolute need for a combat leader, in contact, to negotiate an outcome only from a position of strength. One should have the ability to influence the outcome if the opposing force does not keep their word. This story clearly shows the need for scouts on the vanguard, flank security to either side of the unit's movement, and a good rear guard as the unit withdraws Charlemagne lamented Roland's loss so deeply that one can see that Roland was his " go to" man for tough assignments. He was competent and fearless, and sometimes people just like him convince us they are also invulnerable. This is simply not the case and some of our very best men die young. There is no way to glorify war nor should there be. I assure you that this poem can lead to a better understanding of men at battle, their relationships and concerns, and how they act and react in their community of warriors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Song of roland a must read

    Tells the tale of a man who is sent out by his king to escort booty back to the castle the king gives him a girft and tells him if his life is ever in danger blow upon the horn and he will will come leading a thousand men personally to help him
    It also tells of betrayal and the stuggles a great warrior wos refusal to retreat and his great trust in his men as well as his king is strong so strong that he will not back down nor will he blow the horn til it is absloutly nessary this is a poem that will bring tears to your eyes from its epic stuggles its a must read for all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Song of roland a must read

    Teacher read part ecery day when i was in 5th gtade talks about a leader who is senrlt out by his king to lead men to battle but befire he keft the king gave him a gift a horn which he told roland if he ever should need help blow it an he himself will ride out with a massive army to help him this epic stands alone amonflg the greats it draws you in with its characters you feel thier pair pain you feel thier wound thier loss even the sadnesss and anger thulis is a must read i recremmend parents read this to thelier young ones because this book teaches you about liss and greatness 5stars all the way through

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