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Song of Roland (better version is part of Middle Ages Lit power point. Romance. First epics are heroic; thereafter they take on characteristics of the romance Assimilating loves stories written in the spirit of courtly love

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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
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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
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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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