Citing specific evidence from the Song of Roland (not from the textbook), what were some of the main characteristics of the ideal knight during the reign of Charlemagne?
This question might also be phrased somewhat differently: “How was a knight expected to behave? What were the qualities that a knight should possess? The paper requires that you gather evidence from a textual source (Song of Roland) to reconstruct the past (task 1), and that you then interpret that past by analyzing the evidence (task 2). As you read the epic and take notes, you should look for any information that sheds light on the expectations of feudal behavior, for example, the decapitation of Marsilla’s right hand is certainly one piece of evidence.
Your paper must follow this format:
- font size 10 or 12 only
- one-inch margins
- page number citations for your quoted evidence
- not to exceed one (1) page
- name at the top left
- must have brief introduction and conclusion paragraphs (each not to exceed two sentences)