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Pfaffe Konrad

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This chapter presents a short description of the work Rolandslied, 'The Song of Roland' on Christian-Muslim relations. The Rolandslied by Pfaffe Konrad is a translation of the Chanson de Roland, 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. The Rolandslied represents the first full treatment of the crusading ideal in Middle High German literature. It portrays the religious fervor of the time and reflects the dualistic scheme of salvation for Christians and damnation for non-Christians that had been advocated by Bernard of Clairvaux in support of the Second Crusade.

Keywords: Rolandslied; Christian-Muslim relations; Pfaffe Konrad



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