Based on an ongoing campaign by
The Christian army, waiting on the wall
With axes, lances, fire and stones and swords,
Defends the city, fearing not at all
The savagery of the barbaric hordes.
Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso
Roland's character is simplicity itself. Rash, arrogant, generous, outspoken to a fault, loyal, affectionate and single-minded, he has all the qualities that endear a captain to his men and a romantic hero to his audience... Beneath all his overweening there is real modesty of heart, and a childlike simplicity of love and loyalty. Dorothy Sayers