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LEGENDS OF THE ROAD: CHANSONS DE GESTE

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE COMPOSTELAN PILGRIMAGE COINCIDED WITH THE PERIOD OF THE CRUSADES. STORIES OF EPIC BATTLES FROM THE TIME OF CHARLEMAGNE BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND SARACENS WERE CLOSELY TIED TO THE ROADS TO THE SHRINE OF THE APOSTLE AT COMPOSTELA. A SINGLE WORD, PELERIN, DESCRIBED BOTH PILGRIMS AND CRUSADERS AND THESE LEGENDS FUELLED THE IMAGINATION OF BOTH.

 1.Legends of the Road: Chansons de Geste
2. Franks and Saracens: Two comets appeared around the sun, striking terror into all who saw them. A swarm of Saracens ravaged Gaul with horrible slaughter
3. Constantine and Charlemagne: As the knowledge of one God was imparted to all men, a single sovereign arose for the entire Roman empire and a deep peace took hold of all
4. The History of Roland and Charlemagne
5. Charlemagne’s Dream: Observing the starry way in the heavens through Spain to Gallicia, wherein till his time lay undiscovered the body of St. James
6. The Legend of the Last Roman Emperor: This will be the end and the consummation of the Empire of the Romans and the Christians
7. The Legend of Roland: Roncevaux
8. The Alyscans: In no cemetery anywhere, except in this one, can one find so many and so large marble tombs set upon the ground
9. Girart de Roussillon: How the relics of blessed Mary Magdalene came to the French town of Vézelay ought to be commented on briefly
10. Guillaume d’Orange: Saint Guilhem le Désert
11. Béziers: With the rest of the gold and silver that he brought from Spain he constructed another church of Saint James in the city of Beziers
12. Estella: The fourth days’ journey from Estella to Najera is to be made, to be sure on horseback

13. The Legend of the Last Roman Emperor and the Prophecies of Daniel on the Pilgrimage Roads to Compostela

14. The Romanesque Rider: Charlemagne solemnly vowed to pursue the Pagans

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