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The Song of Roland and Other Poems of Charlemagne

Simon Gaunt and Karen Pratt

November 2016

ISBN: 9780199655540

288 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

The Song of Roland offers fascinating insights into medieval ideas about heroism, manhood, religion, race, & nationhood which were foundational for modern European culture. It is the oldest known surviving major work of French literature based on the Battle of Roncevaux in 778, during the reign of Charlemagne.

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The Song of Roland offers fascinating insights into medieval ideas about heroism, manhood, religion, race, & nationhood which were foundational for modern European culture. It is the oldest known surviving major work of French literature based on the Battle of Roncevaux in 778, during the reign of Charlemagne.

  • A new prose translation into English of the Oxford version of the Chanson de Roland, together with new translations of two other medieval French epic poems, Daurel et Beton and Le Voyage de Charlemagne
  • A lively and idiomatic new translation of a key cultural artefact
  • Brief but clear and informative introduction for the general reader, drawing on the latest scholarship
  • Sets the Roland alongside two far less well known texts that provide contextual information likely to be completely new to the book's readership
  • Includes a glossary of technical terms, an index of proper names, and a select bibliography

About the Author(s)

Simon Gaunt, Professor of French Language and Literature, Kings College London, and Karen Pratt, Professor Emerita of Medieval French Literature, Kings College London

Simon Gaunt taught in Cambridge for 10 years before taking up his current position at King's College London in 1998. He has been Head of Department and Dean of Faculty at King's, also President of the Society for French Studies. He was Principal Investigator on an AHRC-funded research project (http://www.medievalfrancophone.ac.uk/) and is currently PI on an ERC-funded research project (https://blogs.kcl.ac.uk/tvof/).

Karen Pratt taught at Goldsmiths' College, University of London, until moving to King's College London in 1993. She has been President of the British branch of the International Courtly Literature Society, of the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society, and of the London Medieval Society. She was one of the investigators on a HERA-funded collaborative research project: http://dynamicsofthemedievalmanuscript.eu/.

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