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The Song of Roland (Modern Library Classics)

The Song of Roland (Modern Library Classics)
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  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.4
  • Dimensions (in):0.5 x 5.5 x 8.3
  • Publication Date:July 2003
  • ISBN:0606286675
  • EAN:9780606286671
  • ASIN:0606286675
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Synopsis
A contemporary prose rendering of the great medieval French epic, The Song of Roland is as canonical and significant as the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf. It extols the chivalric ideals in the France of Charlemagne through the exploits of Charlemagne's nephew, the warrior Roland, who fights bravely to his death in a legendary battle. Against the bloody backdrop of the struggle between Christianity and Islam, The Song of Roland remains a vivid portrayal of medieval life, knightly adventure, and feudal politics. The first great literary works of a culture are its epic chronicles, those that create simple hero-figures about whom the imagination of a nation can crystallize, observed V. S. Pritchett.

The Song of Roland is animated by the crusading spirit and fortified by national and religious propaganda. This edition features W. S. Merwin's glowing, lyrical translation.

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