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La Chanson de Roland

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Author(s): Kinoshita, Sharon
Unknown author Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: Unknown Place of Death: Unknown Biography - Primary Sources of Information - Secondary Sources of Information - Works on Christian-Muslim Relations La Chanson de Roland Sharon Kinoshita

 La Chanson de Roland

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Author(s): Kinoshita, Sharon
The Song of Roland La Chanson de Roland Date: Late 12th century Original Language: Anglo-Norman Description 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, Picard-Lorrain, and Burgundian. The versions of the poem contained in manuscripts C, V7, P…

Saracens as idolaters in European vernacular literatures

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Author(s): Kinoshita and Siobhain Bly Calkin, Sharon
Muslims frequently appear in the vernacular literatures of medieval Latin Europe, never named as such but usually called ‘Saracens’ or ‘pagans’. They are portrayed as polytheists and idolaters, worshipping their gods in the form of idols that can be desecrated and abused. In the Chanson de Roland (late 11th or early 12th century), one of the earliest and by far the most celebrated of the Old French epics ( chansons de geste), the Saracens of Saragossa worship a trinity of gods, Mahumet, Apollin, and Tervagant – the first clearly referring to the Prophet Muḥammad, a…