The Song of Roland

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Besides being a mighty knight, Blancandrin is described as the wisest among the pagans and is a trusted advisor to King Marsilion. Blancandrin suggests and leads the envoy to Charlemayn, lying that Marsilion will convert to Christianity and submit to Charlemayn’s rule. He also plots with Ganelon to betray Roland.

Blancandrin Quotes in The Song of Roland

The The Song of Roland quotes below are all either spoken by Blancandrin or refer to Blancandrin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Song of Roland published in 1957.
Laisses 16–31 Quotes

“There’s none,” quoth Guènes, “who merits such ill words,
Save only Roland, for whom ’twill be the worse.
But now, the Emperor in the cool shade conversed;
Up came his nephew all in his byrny girt,
Fresh with his booty from Carcassone returned.
Roland in hand a golden apple nursed
And showed his uncle, saying, ‘Take it, fair sir;
The crowns I give you of all the kings on earth.’
One day his pride will undo him for sure,
Danger of death day by day he incurs,
If one should slay him some peace might be preserved.”

Page Number: 66
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Blancandrin Character Timeline in The Song of Roland

The timeline below shows where the character Blancandrin appears in The Song of Roland. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Laisses 1–15
Christianity vs. Paganism Theme Icon
The Ideal King Theme Icon
Treachery vs. Chivalry Theme Icon
...capable of defeating Charlemayn, the Emperor of France, and asks for their advice. Only wise Blancandrin speaks up. He advises Marsilion to promise Charlemayn his loyalty and to send him lavish... (full context)
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Treachery vs. Chivalry Theme Icon
At this, King Marsile ends the discussion and sends Blancandrin, along with several other barons, to approach Charlemayn at Cordova, where he is currently laying... (full context)
Christianity vs. Paganism Theme Icon
The Ideal King Theme Icon
...messengers arrive, they instantly recognize Charlemayn because of his white hair and noble, austere presence. Blancandrin approaches and relays Marsilion’s offer. Upon hearing it, Charlemayn “bows his head and so begins... (full context)
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Loyalty, Honor, and Chivalry Theme Icon
...for a long time. Finally, he tells the messengers that Marsilion is still his enemy. Blancandrin promises hostages, including his own son, and adds that Marsilion will follow later and be... (full context)
Laisses 16–31
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Ganelon and Blancandrin chat about Charlemayn and Roland. Ganelon tells a story about Roland, claiming that his stepson... (full context)
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Blancandrin agrees that Roland sounds like a villain who presumes to conquer and control others. Ganelon... (full context)
Laisses 32–52
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Blancandrin leads Ganelon before King Marsilion and greets the king in the name of “Mahound” and... (full context)
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...which lays out these terms, and also demands Marsilion’s uncle, the caliph, as a hostage. Blancandrin tells the angry king that Ganelon will plot with them against Charlemayn. Marsilion apologizes to... (full context)