The Song of Roland: An Evaluation

There is something special about reading old literature. It is almost as if we were given a window into the past, a glimpse of a world that existed long ago. Those who lived in that era have passed on, but what they believed impacted the generations to come. One of the main ways that civilizations … Continue reading The Song of Roland: An Evaluation

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Would a typical listener to The Song of Roland notice it’s discrepancies?

In the medieval epic The Song of Roland, there were multiple discrepancies, some of which change key premises in the poem. One of the most obvious discrepancies was the problem of the numbers of the two opposing armies: Charlemagne and the French and Marsilie and the Muslims in Spain. The Muslim king Marsilie is said … Continue reading Would a typical listener to The Song of Roland notice it’s discrepancies?

The differences between the military goals of Roland and Oliver in The Song of Roland

The Song of Roland was a poem which was probably written after 1095, when Pope Urban II called the inhabitants of Christendom to fight the Muslims in the first crusade. The earliest copies we have are from the mid 1100s. It is based on a true event: Charlemagne’s invasion of France in 778. He invaded … Continue reading The differences between the military goals of Roland and Oliver in The Song of Roland

The spread of Christianity in England & The Carolingian renaissance

After the Roman empire fell, a Germanic group called the Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain and subdued a large part of it. They had committed great violence against the Catholic church in Britain, and as a result, the previous inhabitants, the Celts, became very bitter against them. The Anglo-Saxons were pagans, but many of the Celts did … Continue reading The spread of Christianity in England & The Carolingian renaissance