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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

15. The Cross of Charlemagne

16. The Battle of Roncevaux

17. The Road of Charlemagne

18. The Miracle of the battle of Monjardin

19. The Miracle of the battle of Sahagún

20. Roland

21. Roland and Roncevaux

22. The Olifant and the tombs of the Frankish warriors at the necropolis of Saint-Seurin

23. The tombs of the Paladins at the Alyscans

24. The Burial Grounds of the fallen of Roncevaux

25. The tomb of Roland at Blaye

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