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The Song of Roland
By Glyn S. Burgess (trans)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date May 1, 1990
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140445329
ISBN-10 0140445323
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $12.00
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Presents the epic poem which records a battle between Charlemagne's army and the Saracens of Spain in 778, and focuses on Charlemagne's nephew, who leads his men in battle. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

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With Glyn S. Burgess (other contributor) | from Penguin Classics (May 1, 1990); titled "The Song of Roland"
9780140445329 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $12.00
About: Presents the epic poem which records a battle between Charlemagne's army and the Saracens of Spain in 778, and focuses on Charlemagne's nephew, who leads his men in battle.
Reprint edition from Penguin Classics (December 1, 1957); titled "The Song of Roland"
9780140440751 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.00
About: Presents the classical epic, glorifying the heroism of Charlemagne in the 778 battle between the Franks and the Moors.

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