BBC Radio 4: „The Song of Roland“

Logo BBC bei Wikimedia Commons„Melvyn Bragg and guests dis­cuss an ear­ly mas­ter­piece of French epic poet­ry, from the 12th Cen­tu­ry. It is a reimag­in­ing of Charlemagne’s wars in Spain in the 8th Cen­tu­ry in which Roland, his most valiant knight, choos­es death before dis­hon­our, guard­ing the army’s rear from a pagan ambush as it heads back through the Ron­ces­valles Pass in the Pyre­nees. If he want­ed to, Roland could blow on his oliphant, his ele­phant tusk horn, to sum­mon help by call­ing back Charlemagne’s army, but accord­ing to his val­ues that would bring shame both on him and on France, and he would rather keep killing pagans until he is the last man stand­ing and the last to die.
With Lau­ra Ashe (Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture and Fel­low in Eng­lish at Worces­ter Col­lege, Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford), Miran­da Grif­fin (Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Medieval French at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge and Fel­low of Mur­ray Edwards Col­lege), and Luke Sun­der­land (Pro­fes­sor in the School of Mod­ern Lan­guages and Cul­tures at Durham Uni­ver­si­ty).“

Sie kön­nen die Sendung, die am 4.11.2021 in der Rei­he „In Our Time“ lief, über die Seite der BBC nach­hören oder als Audio­datei herun­ter­laden.

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