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
The Black Death was a deadly outbreak of the plague that arrived in Europe in the mid 14th century. The Black death impacted Medieval society immensely, and the outlook of the people was changed permanently. In the words of Boccaccio in his Decameron that: "...practices contrary to the former habits of the citizens would hardly … Continue reading Are the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales closer in outlook to Greek and Roman literature than they are to Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature?
In the epic poem The Song of Roland and the book The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi, we see very little instruction to the common man. Both of them speak of groups of people who were considered especially holy by many people, and speak of their deeds. These people were put on a … Continue reading Late Medieval literature and Christian guidance for the common man
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 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