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The Song of Roland : Penguin Classics - Burgess Glyn

The Song of Roland

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 25th January 1990
ISBN: 9780140445329
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 18+ years old

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On 15 August 778, Charlemagne’s army was returning from a successful expedition against Saracen Spain when its rearguard was ambushed in a remote Pyrenean pass. Out of this skirmish arose a stirring tale of war, which was recorded in the oldest extant epic poem in French. The Song of Roland, written by an unknown poet, tells of Charlemagne’s warrior nephew, Lord of the Breton Marches, who valiantly leads his men into battle against the Saracens, but dies in the massacre, defiant to the end. In majestic verses, the battle becomes a symbolic struggle between Christianity and paganism, while Roland’s last stand is the ultimate expression of honour and feudal values of twelfth-century France.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

ISBN: 9780140445329
ISBN-10: 0140445323
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 25th January 1990
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 2