The Book of the Dun Cow Part I by michaelbennett


									The Book of the Dun Cow
         Part I
Charlemagne in The Song of Roland
 Chanticleer in “The Nun’s Priest
     Tale” of Canterbury Tales
•   742?-814
•   King of the Franks (French)
•   Committed militant Christian
•   Forced conversions and expanded boundary
•   Crowned emperor by the pope in 800
• Charlemagne’s army devastating any
• Muslim king Marsile plots to concede
  victory and become vassal to Charlemagne,
  then renege later, just to get the Franks out
  of Spain.
• Charlemagne wants to accept because he is
  tired of fighting.
• An envoy must go to the court of Marsile to
  negotiate terms.
• Roland (right hand man to Charlemagne)
  nominates his stepfather Ganelon, who betrays
  them all, telling Marsile to attack the rear of the
  army, know his son-in-law will be there.
• All troops are killed, including Roland, but not
  before he blew his olifant horn, killing himself
  with the force with which he sounds the horn.
• Charlemagne and his troops hear the horn
  and return, but too late.
• He vows to kill the entire army and in the
  process kills Marsile, his powerful Muslim
  army, and all Jews and Muslims, save the
• They then return to France.
• Taken back to France and tried for treason
• Found guilty after the “lawyers” fight to the
  death to decide guilt.
• Pulled limb from limb as punishment.
            Song of Roland
• Chanson de Geste: songs of great deeds
• Song of Roland is perhaps the beginning of
  such tales
• Composed about 1100 and can be divided
  into 4 major parts
   Parts of The Song of Roland
• The betrayal of Roland by Ganelon
• First Battle of Roncevaux—Roland Dies
• The Second Battle of Roncevaux—Franks
• Ganelon’s Trial and Death
             Ties to Dun Cow
• Charlemagne: Hero in legend due to his battles for
• Fight for good
• By the time that the The Song of Roland was
  written, more than three centuries after the events
  it recounts, Charlemagne had become a
  superhuman figure in the European imagination
  and a hero of romance; the stories of his exploits
  assumed the proportions of the fantastic. He
  provides an ideal base on which to build
  enthusiasm for the Crusades.

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