According to the Song of Roland, what were the ideal characteristics of a knight in this time period?
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An ideal knight is courageous, loyal, honorable and willing to sacrifice himself for King and kingdom.
Roland exemplifies a certain set of values: Christian, loyal to the death, bold. He is the hero whom angels (a cherubin no less, one of the highest angels in the celestial hierarchy) and saints escort directly to heaven. Despite his errors, his courage and perfect loyalty make him a perfect soldier and Christian.