Roncesvalles


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Ron·ces·valles

 (rŏn′sə-vălz′, rôn′thĕs-väl′yĕs)
A mountain pass, 1,057 m (3,468 ft) high, through the western Pyrenees in northern Spain. According to tradition, the Frankish hero Roland died there fighting the Basques during Charlemagne's retreat from a failed campaign against the Moors (778).

Roncesvalles

(ˈrɒnsəˌvælz; Spanish rɔnθesˈβaʎes)
n
(Placename) a village in N Spain, in the Pyrenees: a nearby pass was the scene of the defeat of Charlemagne and death of Roland in 778. French name: Roncevaux

Ron•ces•val•les

(ˌrɒn səsˈvɑ yɛs, ˈrɒn səˌvælz)

n.
a village in N Spain, in the Pyrenees: defeat of part of Charlemagne's army and the death of Roland A.D. 788. French, Ronce•vaux (rɔ̃sˈvoʊ)
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From the Feast of the Epiphany there was mustering and massing, until, in the first week of February--three days after the White Company joined the army--the word was given for a general advance through the defile of Roncesvalles.
As far as eye could see from among the rocky gorges and the bristles of the pine woods there came the quick twinkle and glitter of steel, while the wind brought with it sudden distant bursts of martial music from the great host which rolled by every road and by-path towards the narrow pass of Roncesvalles.
So through the sunny winter day the chivalry of England poured down through the dark pass of Roncesvalles to the plains of Spain.
He thought more of Bernardo del Carpio because at Roncesvalles he slew Roland in spite of enchantments, availing himself of the artifice of Hercules when he strangled Antaeus the son of Terra in his arms.
He tried to make us act plays and to enter into masquerades, in which the characters were drawn from the heroes of Roncesvalles, of the Round Table of King Arthur, and the chivalrous train who shed their blood to redeem the holy sepulchre from the hands of the infidels.
I touched their dust-covered faces with my finger, but Dagobert was deader than the sixteen centuries that have passed over him, Clovis slept well after his labor for Christ, and old Charlemagne went on dreaming of his paladins, of bloody Roncesvalles, and gave no heed to me.
I climbed for 18km going over the French Pyrenees which was definitely the hardest part of the whole trip but the feeling on reaching my first destination in the hamlet called Roncesvalles was amazing.
I climbed for 18km going over the French Pyreness, which was definitely the hardest part of the whole trip, but the feeling on reaching my first destination in the hamlet called Roncesvalles was amazing.
Sheila was the owner and founder of Another Story Bookshop in Toronto's Roncesvalles neighbourhood.
On the third day, he posted his first note on a tree in Roncesvalles, which he calls the Valley of Thorns.
En su segundo viaje siguio la ruta Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Tafalla, Cintruenigo, Agreda, Almazan, Jadraque, Hita y Madrid (donde paso dos meses), regresando por Burgos, Bilbao e Irun.
The pair told their rescuers they left the French town of Saint Jean de Pied de Port on Friday intending to walk 30 kilometres (20 miles) to the Spanish town of Roncesvalles, but got lost.