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Symbolically, the quintessential English feudal monarch is King Arthur, but stories of Charlemagne and his Knights' quests throughout Christian Europe had a much wider impact. Amidst the chaos and violence of Europe in the eighth century, Charlemagne became king of the Franks and slowly established an empire the likes of which had not been seen since the days of the Romans. As Charlemange's power grew, so did the stories attached to his name.

This book explores the myths and legends of the great king Charlemagne, from the stories about his mother, Bertha Bigfoot, and his youthful adventures with the thief, Basin, to his fantastical journeys to Jerusalem and Constantinople. It also retells the stories of his most famous knights, the Paladins. These brave warriors were all heroes in their own right, and included many famous names such as Roland, Ogier the Dane, Oliver, Archbishop Turpin, and Renault of Montalban who rode the famous steed, Bayard. Together with his Paladins, Charlemagne established a court to rival Camelot and led the Christian kingdoms of Europe in their ongoing struggles with the armies of the East. Although this great ruler eventually passed away, quietly in his bed, the legends say that he now sits on his golden throne beneath the mountain, waiting until the need of his people calls him forth again.

Table of Contents


Charlemagne in History and Legend
Bertha Bigfoot
Charlemagne's Ancestors
Describing the Historical Charlemagne
Describing the Fictional Charlemagne
The Young Charlemagne
Charlemagne's Adventures in Jerusalem and Constantinople
Charlemagne and Harun al-Rashid
Charlemagne the Sinner

The Paladins
The Major Paladins
Other Key Characters

The Song of Roland
An Embassy from Marsile
The Betrayel
The Pass of Roncevalles
The Second Assault
The Death of Roland
Charlemagne's Dream
The Final Battle
Trial by Combat

Roland and Oliver
The First Meeting
Fierabras the Giant
The Giant Ferragus

Guy of Burgundy

Ogier the Dane
Ogier the Outlaw
The Later Tales of Ogier

The Pseudo-Turpin

The Italian Versions
Orlando Innamorato
Rogero and Bradamante
Orlando Furioso

Childe Roland

Charlemagne's Long Afterlife
Charlemagne's Tomb
Sainthood and Politics

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