Roncesvalles


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Roncesvalles

(rōn'thāsvä`lyās), Fr. Roncevaux, mountain pass (alt. 3,468 ft/1,057 m), in the Pyrenees, between Pamplona (Spain) and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (France). Tradition has made it the scene of the death of the hero RolandRoland
, the great French hero of the medieval Charlemagne cycle of chansons de geste, immortalized in the Chanson de Roland (11th or 12th cent.). Existence of an early Roland poem is indicated by the historian Wace's statement that Taillefer sang of Roland's deeds
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Roncesvalles

 

(French, Roncevaux), a village in the Western Pyrenees in the Spanish province of Navarre. The village is situated below the pass where on Aug. 15, 778, the Basques, allies of the Moors, fell upon and destroyed the rear guard of Charlemagne’s Frankish army, which was retreating to France after an unsuccessful siege of Zaragoza. The commander Roland, hero of the French epic Song of Roland, was killed in the battle.

Roncesvalles

a village in N Spain, in the Pyrenees: a nearby pass was the scene of the defeat of Charlemagne and death of Roland in 778
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She recalled making up the plot, while strolling through the city, for what she described as 'a fancy piece about the Cantabrian mountains and Charlemagne's Roland--though what I thought Roland was doing so far west of Roncesvalles I can't imagine.
The most common starting points are Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees or Roncesvalles on the Spanish side.
The priest took my booklet, turned it over in his fingers, slowly examined every blank page, muttered something that sounded like a protest to his assistant, dropped the booklet on the table in front of him, banged it sourly with the official Roncesvalles stamp, tossed the booklet aide, and waved the next pilgrim forward.
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