The Song of Roland / Edition 1by Frederick Goldin, Fredrick Goldin
Pub. Date: 08/28/1978
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
The Song of Roland, one of the earliest medieval epic poems, was written in France in about 1100. The poem is based on an incident during Charlemagne’s wars against Muslims in Spain. Charlemagne puts his nephew, Count Roland, in charge of the rearguard as French knights retreat. The rearguard is attacked by a much larger Arab army, and Roland waits too long to summon Charlemagne’s help.
No king, no captain ever stood with better. Roland looks up on the mountains and slopes, sees the French dead, so many good men fallen, and weeps for them, as a great warrior weeps: “Barons, my lords, may God give you his grace, may he grant Paradise to all your souls, make them lie down among the holy flowers. I never saw better vassals than you. All the years you’ve served me, and all the times, the mighty lands you conquered for Charles our King! The Emperor raised you for this terrible hour! Land of France, how sweet you are, native land, laid waste this day, ravaged, made a desert. Barons of France, I see you die for me, and I, your lordI cannot protect you. May God come to your aid, that God who never failed. Excerpt from The Song of Roland
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- 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
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I am almost finished with this wonderful book. It is very interesting and engaging. But I have no idea why there are Introductions to books that may not need them, sort of. Why not have the Intro in the back of the book? I mean I just want to read the Song of Roland not the translators introduction just yet!