♥ Book Title : The Song of Roland and Other Poems of Charlemagne
☯ Full Synopsis : "Charles the king, our emperor great, Has been a full seven years in Spain. As far as the sea he conquered this haughty land. Not a single castle remains standing in his path Charlemagne (768-814) was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 800 and presided over a huge empire. He frequently appears in literature as a great warlord and pious crusading figure. In 778, the rearguard of Charlemagne's retreating army was ambushed and defeated at the battle of Roncevaux. This became the inspiration for songs and poems celebrating deeds of valour in the face of overwhelming odds, through the character of Charlemagne's nephew (the imaginary) Roland. The Song of Roland is the most stirring and moving epic poem of the European Middle Ages, offering a particularly heady mixture of history, legend, and poetry. Presented here in a lively and idiomatic new translation, the Song of Roland offers fascinating insights into medieval ideas about heroism, manhood, religion, race, and nationhood which were foundational for modern European culture. The Song of Roland is accompanied here by two other medieval French epics about Charlemagne, both of which show him to be a far more equivocal figure than that portrayed by the Roland: the Occitan Daurel and Beton, in which he is a corrupt and avaricious monarch; and the Journey of Charlemagne to Jerusalem and Constantinople, which gives the heroes of the Roland a comic makeover. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more."Article| Simon Gaunt| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Song of Charlemagne
☯ Full Synopsis : "“Ganelon had grossly underestimated Roland’s savoir faire in the handling of lance and shield under the conditions of a full-on tilt. Figuring Roland would be leaning forward like any novice, Ganelon had decided to aim dead-center on his boss, which, had Roland been assuming such a posture, would have placed the duke’s lance at a perfect right angle to Roland’s shield maximizing its full impact and most likely unhorsing him. However, Roland was no novice. As Ganelon had lowered his lancepoint early, thus revealing where he’d intended to make his hit, Roland had moved his shield-boss in line to accommodate him. But, in the last moment before impact, Roland had leaned back and braced placing his shield not only on a direct line with the duke’s lance-point, but also at a sloping angle upward. The result was as anticipated. The lance glanced harmlessly up and away as he’d completed the pass.” The historic events of the period following the fall of the Roman Empire fr om 450 AD to 800 AD are sketchy at best. As such, contemporary historians refer to them as the “Dark Ages”. It has been difficult to distinguish myth, legend and folklore fr om the history of the times and modern society has suff ered and continues to this day, to suffer the consequences. Mr. Motter, through scholarly research over more than 20 years has managed to link and make sense out of that which heretofore has been viewed primarily as subject matter for fairy tales. No one really knows the people behind the characters and times in which they lived in “The Song of Roland” and so, when he dies in the Pass at Roncesvalles, it is impossible to understand and appreciate what was lost there. There is no possibility for “Epic Tragedy” as defi ned by Aristotle in his work “The Poetics” resulting in a “catharsis” of pity and fear on the part of the reader. Mr. Motter, in his fi rst of three books in this trilogy, sets about changing all that and, in the process, leads us to an understanding of the role politics and religion have played in the manipulation of the roles of women in society as well as the current conflict between Islam and the West."Article| Thomas F Motter KSJ| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Song of Charlemagne II
☯ Full Synopsis : "“Men march off to war because the women are watching.” So said Socrates. In “THE HARD GODDESS”, the second book of his trilogy—“The Song of Charlemagne”, the author introduces his reader to the women behind the men on the medieval battlefield. In so doing, one comes to understand and appreciate how French expressions such as “Feminine Mystique” and “Femme Fatale” must have originated and which are today, universally recognized and understood in the international lexicon without translation. Along the way, one also discovers a few of the ulterior motives underlying Charlemagne’s alliance with the Roman church as well as organized religion’s functional utility in the hands of potentates (be they Christian or Muslim) as a societal control mechanism. In the process of the troubadour’s telling of the story, the reader experiences visceral descriptions of Dark Age battle against the gloriously detailed backdrop of a France that is still there if one knows where to go and look. There is a reason Eleanor of Aquitaine is always credited with having “invented” the concepts of Romance, Chivalry and Courtly Love. She was far removed from the times in which he actually lived. Yet somehow, she must have sensed and understood Charlemagne’s hidden agenda regarding women within the church and the greater social order. But, in the final analysis, is anything within the pages of this work relevant with regard to contemporary world events and social issues confronting us all? Sadly, terribly."Article| Thomas F. Motter KSJ| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Song of Charlemagne
☯ Full Synopsis : "During the period in history known as “The Dark Ages”, the general populace was illiterate. The only way for people to find out what was going on in the rest of the world was from traveling “Jongeleurs” or what most of us know as the troubadour. The king had his own, well-funded troubadour, who traveled the land putting his master’s “spin” on how lucky his subjects were to have him for their sovereign. The “Chansons de Gestes” or, translated, “Songs of Deeds” grew out of this practice in France. Over the years they grew from a recounting of actual events sung by the troubadour to the peasantry from one village to the next that, over millennia, morphed into exaggerated tales, so preposterous that no one could take them for anything more than folk fairy tales. However, when placed under the microscope of scholarly historical research, one comes to discover that underlying every folktale is a grain of historical truth more fascinating than the “folklore cover”. In “The Island of Destiny”, which would originally have been related in song and verse, the troubadour brings the reader to an understanding of the roots of Honor, Romance and Chivalry as well as how King Charles of the Franks came to be known and addressed in his own lifetime as “Charlemagne”."Article| Thomas F. Motter KCSJ| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Characters in the Song of Roland
☯ Full Synopsis : "Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 38. Chapters: Roland, Charlemagne, Orlando Furioso, The Song of Roland, Battle of Roncevaux Pass, Paladin, The four sons of Aymon, Oliver, Ogier the Dane, Orlando Innamorato, Luzaide/Valcarlos, Galiens li Restor s, Olifant, Ganelon, Turpin, La Br che de Roland, Morgante, Veillantif, Bramimonde, Naimon, Durendal, Aspremont, Pinabel, King Marsile, Blancandrin, Aude, Baligant. Excerpt: Charlemagne (; French pronunciation: German: Latin: , meaning Charles the Great; possibly 742 - 28 January 814) was King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans (Imperator Romanorum) from 800 to his death in 814. He expanded the Frankish kingdom into an empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy and was crowned by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800. His rule is also associated with the Carolingian Renaissance, a revival of art, religion, and culture through the medium of the Catholic Church. Through his foreign conquests and internal reforms, Charlemagne helped define both Western Europe and the Middle Ages. He is numbered as Charles I in the regnal lists of Germany, the Holy Roman Empire, and France. The son of King Pepin the Short and Bertrada of Laon, a Frankish queen, he succeeded his father in 768 and was initially co-ruler with his brother Carloman I. It has often been suggested that the relationship between Charlemagne and Carloman was not good, but it has also been argued that tensions were exaggerated by Carolingian chroniclers. Nevertheless conflict was prevented by the sudden death of Carloman in 771, in unexplained circumstances. Charlemagne continued the policy of his father towards the papacy and became its protector, removing the Lombards from power in Italy, and leading an incursion into Muslim Spain, to which he was invited by the Muslim governor of Barcelona. Charlemag..."Article| Books, LLC| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Song of Roland
☯ Full Synopsis : ""The Song of Roland" by Anonymous (translated by C. K. Scott-Moncrieff). Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format."Article| Anonymous| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Song of Roland
☯ Full Synopsis : "First and greatest French epic, this 11th-century tale of romance and heroism recounts the adventures of the warrior Roland, nephew of Charlemagne and prince of the Holy Roman Empire. A poetic story of valor, betrayal, and revenge."Article| Anonymous| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Song of Roland
☯ Full Synopsis : ""A new verse translation of the "Song of Roland" intended to introduce readers to epic chanting by providing a sense of the form and feel of original performance; includes introduction, glosary and bibliography"--Provided by publisher."Article| Michael A. Newth| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Song of Roland; Formulaic Style and Poetic Craft
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♥ Book Title : The Song of Roland: Oxford text and English translation
☯ Full Synopsis : "Published to observe the twelfth centenary of the Battle of Roncevaux, the event that inspired the Chanson de Roland, this edition provides the first systematic analysis of the entire poem. Professor Brault's edition also incorporates the considerable scholarly work done in the half century since the Bedier and Jenkins editions appeared. The underlying theme of this new edition is that the poem is a Christian hero. As imagined by the poet Turoldus&—writing about 1100, at the time of the First Crusade&—Roland, the nephew of Charlemagne, had no faults and accomplished mighty deeds in warring against the Saracens. The introduction compares the known historical facts about the Battle of Roncevaux with the Roland legend, with various versions of the poem, and with the Oxford text. Christian thought and sensibility are shown to permeate the Chanson de Roland, in its character portrayal and narrative development, as well as in its tone and diction&—and to provide its thematic unity and metaphorical consistency. Influences of the oral tradition of the chansons de geste are demonstrated, as are evidences of the accompanying gestures used by the jongleurs in interpreting these works. The Commentary organizes discussion of the 4002 verses into 49 units. The method of analysis is eclectic, combining thematic criticism with philology, exegetical interpretation with iconography. The 66 illustrations, primarily from Romanesque works of art, clarify key passages"Article| Gerard J. Brault| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Dreams in French Literature
☯ Full Synopsis : "The nine essays in this volume deal with several well known French authors through the ages - for example Descartes, Voltaire, Mme de Staël, Nerval, Verlaine - and explore the problematic relationship between dreams and literature. Generally speaking, contributors are interested in the production of literary meaning. How does various dream material, ranging from the traditional dream to visions and hallucinations and day dreams, come to be? And how is the dream image transformed into discourse? What exactly is the relationship between dream and narrative? Each essay focuses on a different author and different period, ranging from the Middle Ages to the late nineteenth-century, but also takes a unique critical and theoretical approach. What the contributors have in common, though, is an analytical, sensemaking strategy that characterizes the interpretation of dreams through the ages, from ancients such as Artemidorus and Cicero to modern thinkers such as Freud. Most of the texts studied here, from the Chanson de Rolandto Chateaubriand's Mémoires d'outre-tombe, lend themselves to this type of approach because they promote narrative unity. So too do Voltaire, Mme de Staël, Nerval and Verlaine. Many if not most texts, however, in the end, turn out to be not quite so tightly-knit as one may have supposed at first and, in the case of Agrippa d'Aubigné and Descartes, the reader is in for several surprises when the normal course of events leading from dream to text, from signifier to signified, is interrupted and subverted."Article| Tom Conner| Statement ..."