Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Das Rolandslied
(2,648 words)

The Song of Roland

Pfaffe Konrad

Date: About 1170

Original Language: Middle High German


The Rolandslied by Pfaffe Konrad is a translation (or better, an adaptation) of the Chanson de Roland (q.v.), based on the military defeat of Charlemagne at Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees in 778.

None of the extant manuscripts of the Chanson de Roland was Konrad’s direct source. With respect to the plot, the Rolandslied bears the closest affinities to the version attested in…

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Cammarota, Maria Grazia, “ Das Rolandslied”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2010

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