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New! Roland at the Battle of Roncesvaux, Hero of Christendom –Jacques Marie Gaston Onfroy de Bréville –Catholic Art Print–Archival Quality

New! Roland at the Battle of Roncesvaux, Hero of Christendom –Jacques Marie Gaston Onfroy de Bréville –Catholic Art Print–Archival Quality

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"Roland at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass"
Jacques Marie Gaston Onfroy de Bréville

Roland was one of the lords of King Charlemagne's realm, a general in his army. Charlemagne's rule was expanding; he was consolidating his territory in France, and he had taken his army south into Spain, which had been captured by the Moslems, who the Christians regarded as pagans. After their victories against the Moslems, Charlemagne and his army were returning to France, but his rear guard got caught by the Basques high up in the Pyrenes Mountains, at Roncevaux Pass, in 778 AD.

Roland was one of the leaders of the rear guard. They were killed to the man, but they bought time for the main army to get free and reorganize. Roland became kind of a Davy Crocket figure, one of the heroes of the Alamo who were all killed but who inspired others. He was a rallying point for the Christians, one of the inspirations for the Crusades and a model for gallantry and knighthood in the Middle Ages, as well as for the eventual Reconquest of all of Spain from the Moslems. His position in this dramatic illustration is of him sounding the horn, the echoes of his sacrifice resounding to those who followed in time.

He was the inspiration for The Song of Roland, an epic poem written around 1100 AD. I remember reading it in college, and coming to a passage where Roland is describing why he is fighting. "Because the pagan cause is wrong, and the Christian cause is right, and I shall not be made a bad example of!" I still believe it, and I can still feel the sound of the horn echoing through me, lifting my courage, and making my heart beat high.

The Catholic artist, Jacques Marie Gaston Onfroy de Bréville (1858-1931), was known by the pen name Job after his initials. He was primarily an illustrator working in the French version of the Golden Age of Illustration, featuring highly dramatic and detailed scenes of French nationalism. He illustrated many books and magazines of the time.

!!IMPORTANT!! The image is smaller than the paper! There is a white border around the image. About 1/2" on 5x7", 1.3" on 8.5x11, and 1.6" on 11x14. The border gives our prints a finished look, and lets them look good framed without a matt.

- Acid-free matte paper
- Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
- Cardboard backer
- Above story of the art
- Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.

Thanks for your interest!
Sue & John

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Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson - Classic Catholic Art.
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