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Don't limit your knowledge of epic poetry to the Odyssey and Beowulf. Get to know the heroes and villains of what many consider to be the first major work of French literature.
King Charles, our great emperor, seven full years stayed in Spain. Right up to the sea, he conquered the high grounds. There is no castle that remains in front of him. Neither wall nor city remains to knock down, except for Zaragoza, which is on a mountain. King Marsile holds it, he who doesn't love God. He serves Mohammed and invokes Apollin. He cannot keep himself from it, misfortune will reach him.
King Marsile was in Saragosse. He went into an orchard, in the shade. He lays down on a flight of marble stairs. Around him are more than 20 thousand men. He calls to both his Dukes and his Counts, "Listen, Lords, to what misfortune overcomes us: the Emperor Charles, from gentle France, has come to this country to merge us. I don't have an army to wage battle with him, I don't have men capable of dispersing his armies. Advise me, you, my wise men, and keep me from death and from shame!" Not one pagan answered a single word, save for Blancandrin from Val-FondCastle.
Among the pagans, Blancandrin was one of the wisest, a knight of great valiance, and a man of good council to assist his king. He says to the king, "Don't be afraid. Have Charles, this prideful and faithful man, told that you promise him faithful service and very great friendship. You will give him bears and lions and dogs, 700 camels and 1,000 recently molted goshawks, 400 mules loaded up with gold and silver, 50 oxcarts from which he can make a cartage. From this, he will be able to pay his soldiers generously. He has already made enough war on this soil; he really should return to France, to Aix. You will follow him, that's what you'll say, to the celebration of the Feast of Saint Michael, and there, you'll receive the law of Christians. You will be his man, all in good honor. If he wants hostages, send some, either 10 or 20, to create trust. Let's send him our wives' sons; should he perish, I'll send my own. Better they lose their heads there, we don't lose our land and our goods, and we aren't driven to wander around begging." The pagans answered, "We gladly grant it to you."
Blancandrin says, "By this right, by the beard that flutters on my chest, you will soon see the French army defeated. The Franks will go to France, their land. When each one is in his own place, when Charles is in Aix, in his chapel, he will give a big celebration on Saint Michael's Day. The day will come, the end will happen. He won't hear anyone talking about us and won't have any news. The king is proud and his heart is cruel. He'll have our hostages decapitated. Better they lose their heads than we lose our bright, beautiful Spain; we won't endure any evil or distress. The pagans say, "Maybe this is true."
King Marsile had finished taking counsel. He then called Clarin of Balaguer, Estramarin and his peer, Eutropin, Priamon, Guarlan the Bearded, Machiner and his uncle Maheu, JoÃ¼ner and Malbien from overseas, and Blancandrin, to tell them about his proposal. He has chosen 10 of the greatest criminals. "Lord Barons, you will go to Charlemagne. He is at his headquarters at Cordres. You'll carry olive branches, which signify peace and humility. If you can, with your skills, reconcile us, I'll give you lots of gold and silver, and more land and fiefs than you could want." The pagans say, "These promises satisfy us."