Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 La Chanson de Roland
(1,341 words)

The Song of Roland

La Chanson de Roland

Date: Late 12th century

Original Language: Anglo-Norman


Composed of 4,002 decasyllabic verses divided into stanzas (laisses) bound by a common assonance, the anonymous Chanson de Roland (as preserved in the Oxford manuscript) is one of approximately 100 surviving chansons de geste (Old French epics); while the Oxford Roland manuscript is in old French, other manuscripts show dialectal traits in Franco-Italian…

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Kinoshita, Sharon, “ La Chanson de Roland”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 08 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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