Not all the stories from medieval times
were religious. Some of the stories that were told were about
great heroes and great adventures. Since most people could not
read or write, they were told aloud. A few of these have survived
down to our times. Two of these are Beowulf and The Song of
Beowulf is what is called
an epic poem. It tells the story of a hero who fights and defeats
a huge monster. Like most epic poems, it was
told orally for hundreds of years before finally being written
down. We can still read Beowulf today.
During medieval times, Charlemagne was a great and famous
king. There were many stories and legends about Charlemagne and
some of the knights who followed him. The knights who followed
Charlemagne were called paladins. One of the most famous stories
about Charlemagne and his Paladins was the Song of Roland. Roland
was a Paladin who went to fight the Muslims. Roland and a few
other knights and soldiers were quickly surrounded by a Muslim
army. Roland had a magic horn that would call the other Paladins
to help him. He blew and blew the horn, but there were no knights
close enough to help. Roland and his band were wiped out.
But the King and other warriors had heard the horn and were rushing to
help. When they got there they found the bodies of Roland and his
band. King Charlemagne was so upset that he asked god to help
him. Then Charlemagne and the other knights and the rest of the
army found the Muslim army and in a great battle
This story became even more important during the
Crusades. Knights going to help free Jerusalem
took heart in the idea that Charlemagne defeated the Muslims.
If he could do it, so could they.