Saturday, August 15, 2009
August 15: Into Death's Face He Flung This Song (Vol. 49, pp. 166-173)
Roland died this day at Roncesvaux in 778 in battle against the armies of Charlemagne. So, we get "The Song of Roland" (not to be confused with "Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner," by Warren Zevon, which is infinitely better than the song about the other Roland).