Study Guide

The Story of Roland

by James Baldwin

The Story of Roland Summary

Overview

Baldwin's Story of Roland is an excellent example of a medieval romance. It is a long narrative work comprising loosely connected episodes and involving a large cast of colorful characters, headed by Roland and Charlemagne. The story illustrates the chivalric ideal of behavior expected of kings, knights, and courtiers during the Middle Ages. Its various episodes portray many deeds of courage and gallantry, fantastic adventures in exotic settings, and the romantic involvements of the central figures. Most of the tales in the book have been adapted directly from original medieval and Renaissance sources, with a few transitional pieces which are original to Baldwin. This collection of tales is best read in its entirety, but individual stories can be read as self-contained pieces.

(The entire section is 122 words.)