Biography of Pfaffe Konrad (s. XII)

[Literature] German clergyman (also called Pfaffe Chunrat) which, by order of Henry the lion, composed in Regensburg, in 1172, the known Rolandslied (song of Roland). It was W. Grimm who put title to singing that has survived to our days in a complete manuscript and many others fragmentary. It has its origin in the circle of sagas born around the figure of Charlemagne, and is in fact a translation of the French Chanson de Roland, whose sources Konrad went first into latin and then into German, increasing them partially. The Christian fight against Pagans is interpreted from an historical point of view: Christian soldiers, whose head is the paladin of Charlemagne, Roland, are presented as the army of God and die as martyrs, so the German version of this well-known medieval theme is located halfway between a legend and an epic about the Crusades.