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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Unknown Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This classic epic revolves around the battle between the Franks and the Moors in 778.

Though he has grown up in poverty in a cave in Italy, Roland is in fact descended from great heroes of old. Since his youth, his mother has taught him that someday he will be a brave hero like his father, Milon, and serve with the great army of his uncle, Charlemagne. When King Charlemagne comes to Italy, he rejoices to find his long-lost sister and nephew and gives them places of honor in his court. As Roland becomes a man and a knight, he embarks on a quest to the Far East and becomes the champion of the Princess of Cathay.

One of the great medieval “songs of great deeds,” this is a composite of several hero legends interlaced with Christian moral sentiments. A remarkable panorama of medieval life and thought, The Song of Roland truly reflects the spirit of the times.

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  • The Song of Roland is not a chance assembly of popular tales: it is a deliberate and masterly work of art.”

    Dorothy L. Sayers

  • “No member of this cast is a household name, but all of them demonstrate high-quality dramatic skills in this presentation of the twelfth-century epic French poem considered by many to be the first great piece of French literature.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Taegan | 2/16/2014

    " Read it for class. Good for a history book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kienie | 2/15/2014

    " On the one hand, the translation is great, it flows smoothly, and it's very vivid. On the other hand, most of the images are of war and death. Most of the language glorifies those who kill "the infidel" in God's name. Especially annoying is that the poet gets their "facts" about the "infidels" almost completely wrong. I also don't like Roland. He's arrogant, and in his arrogance he leads 20,000 men to their deaths. But still, it's a beautiful poem about a subject I find disgusting. So, middle of the road it is: 2.5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kari | 2/12/2014

    " A medieval chanson de geste - song of deeds. Charlemegne's nephew and great warries is ambushed in battle, betrayed by Ganelon, at the Battle of Roncevals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori Ann | 2/4/2014

    " i'm reading this for medieval lit class... i'll have more of an opinion on it once i'm finished "

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