Song of Roland


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Marsile, Moslem monarch of Spain, though in the poem his holdings have been diminished until only the city of Saragossa remains under Moslem control. With the help of his vassals, he hatches a plot to rid Spain of Charlemagne for good. He is not a strong man, and his defeats lead him into despair. He loses his hand to Roland. When Baligant, Marsile's liege lord and the emir of Babylone, is crushed by Charlemagne, Marsile dies of grief.