The Song of Roland
The greatest French impressive and a landmark of middle ages literature, The Tune of Roland, is the earliest existing example of the song of deeds. It created an enormously popular genre in Europe in the center ages and after. In its celebration of brave deeds and feudal chivalric ideals, The Song of Roland exposes much about the culture of which it is a product, is invaluable to historians in its depiction of the development of ethics and Christianity, and is valued for its literary merit and charm.
Written in a dialect, it blends legend and love with historical description in informing the tale of Charlemagne’s nephew, the beloved knight Roland and his death in the Pyrenees when the King and his males are returning house from a seven-years-long Spanish campaign. Historians think the story was told for inspiration, to help hire soldiers to fight. The Tune of Roland has been compared in significance to the Iliad and its representation of honor and courage has amazed readers for centuries.
Out of all of the readings we have done so far this one is definitely my favorite. I truly like the way the entire story matches together and how you can see it had a rhythm that made it into a memorable song. What strikes me the most is just how much it emphases the commitment and bravery that these guys were accustomed to. Considering that this was written down during the time of the Christian Crusades, it is still simple to see why this story would be so influential and have such terrific meaning to warriors of the period.
Charlemagne and his knights are fighting in Spain versus pagans and the new Islamic power, in the name of Christianity. By revealing that the fight is between the various faiths started hundreds of years before the Crusades, in some way it almost gives a reason that why the Crusades are the right thing to do. The devoted males show his loyalty to Roland and then Roland reveals to his lord Charlemagne, which offer a sense of what it suggests to be a real knight in war.
A true knight puts God and his lord and country before his own life. All his actions have plenty of bravery, due to the fact that in The Song of Roland the mention of not wanting to bring shame is constantly discussed. Another crucial element of The Tune of Roland was the repeated pointing out of the sword and the importance of the respectable mindset. Throughout the fight between Roland’s guys and the pagans a great deal of emphases is positioned upon the warrior’s sword and horses also.
Each sword is given a name, and when Roland is dying he goes into deep description of all the deeds his sword has actually assisted him perform. He tries to break the sword because he would rather have his sword be damaged than have it in the hands of a pagan who may come and find his dead body. As soon as he sees he can not break the sword he puts it below his body and lays on top of it. Therefore, the deeds finished with a sword are remembered along with the sword. Even after Roland dies his sword is a lasting memory he has achieved with it.