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Song of roland better version is part of middle ages lit power point

Song of Roland(better version is part of Middle Ages Lit power point


Romance
Romance

  • First epics are heroic; thereafter they take on characteristics of the romance

    • Assimilating loves stories written in the spirit of courtly love

      • A tradition that idealized women and turned the conventions of human love almost literally into a religion

  • Earlier Romances, chansons de geste (Songs of Deeds). like Roland, are men-at-war


Background
Background

  • Written in Old French circa 1100

    • Composed 300 years earlier

    • Oral songs accompanied by lyres.

  • Song of Roland is the earliest and best known example of the Song of Deed romance.

    • Unknown until 1832 when the first of several manuscripts was discovered.

    • The best of these is at Oxford University that is a copy by an Anglo-Norman scribe of an earlier version.

    • Many conspiracies and hypotheses about the origin, poet, and facts of Roland


Background1
Background

  • We think this was written at the beginning of the Crusades. By telling a story of the Great Charlemagne, the hope is to inspire current fighters.

  • The values of the poem are simply identified.

    • Exclusively deal with war and religion

    • Success in battle is vital, not only for personal reasons but also to prove God is on your side

    • Christians are good, Saracens are evil

      • although some are great warriors and honorable

    • philosophical subtleties are absent, as are inward conflicts


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