The historical part of the battle is changed to make it more understandable, even more tragic, for the Twelfth Century audience. The threat of the Muslims had a very real meaning and a long history that the listeners knew. The Muslim invasions of Spain and even parts of France had forced Western Europeans into close contact with another culture and religion. Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by professional academic writers. Here you can order a professional work.
In: Historical Events. Christian Hampton Julie Mell Medieval History Section 5 19 March Trial by Battle In the early 12th century the practice of settling disputes, arguments, and legal trials through means of battle is not only customary but considered divine in its own right. Trial by battle began as a practice that settled feuds or disagreements between individuals, the crusades incorporated this feudal practice into the frame of international conquest. Loyalty to God is demonstrated by Charlemagne, characterized through the epic as a divine king who receives visions, in the form of dreams, from God and is guarded by the angel St.
This was necessary because the majority of people were uneducated, and in order to pass on information it had to be done verbally. Stories and songs during the crusades not only told of past events but it also evolved into a way to illuminate the Christian religion as a just cause against the pagan Muslims. This religious fervor at the time birthed many famous tales with one of them being The Song of Roland. Prejudice in The Song of Roland Unfortunately, the role of ignorance and jealousy combining to breed fear and hatred is a recurring theme in history ultimately exhibiting itself in the form of prejudice.
Paper Types. You are free to use it as an inspiration or a source for your own work. The Song of Roland is known to be the most ancient example of the French literary works, which refer to the epic genre. The poem is written in strophes, which length is irregular and which are called laisses, and it is divided in two parts. The first part depicts the events that happen with King Charlemagne and his close people, and the Muslim king Marsilla.