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?

Common misconceptions about the Crusades & Pope Urban II’s recruiting speech

The crusades were important events in history, but many people have misconceptions about them. One of them was that the crusades were unprovoked oppression of peaceful Muslims. The fact is, the Muslims had taken the offensive, even conquering over 2/3 of the Christian world. Among the territories they took were Asia Minor, the Middle east, … Continue reading Common misconceptions about the Crusades & Pope Urban II’s recruiting speech

The Koran’s statements of the beliefs of Islam & Procopius’ portrayal of Justinian the great

The Koran reveals many of the core beliefs of Islam. The Koran says that Allah, the god of the Muslims, is merciful to those who believe, and that he is their protector. But, the unbelievers have no protector. He is the only god, and no other gods exist except for Allah. In Surah 47 of … Continue reading The Koran’s statements of the beliefs of Islam & Procopius’ portrayal of Justinian the great