translated by Frederick Goldin
The epic Song of Roland was sung by troubadours with
musical accompaniment. At this site, listen to samples of
medieval music performed on period instruments. Choose your
favorite passage from the Song of Roland and record
yourself reading the text with a musical accompaniment from
this site in the background. Share your recording in a class
The character Roland was a medieval knight with all the duties and privileges accorded to the rank. At this site, learn more about a typical knight's life and what he valued most. After reading about daily life, click the arrows at the top of the page and find Knightly Ethic. List specific examples from the Song of Roland that show evidence of at least four of these ethics.
The self-educated King Charlemagne ruled during the period
of Song of Roland. Visit this site to learn about his
educational reforms that changed the course of history. Imagine
you are a scribe in his court and compose a letter requesting
appropriate action to further one of his educational goals.