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 (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).
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(ˈrɒnsəˌvælz; Spanish rɔnθesˈβaʎes)
(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
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(ˌrɒn səsˈvɑ yɛs, ˈrɒn səˌvælz)

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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Their topics include whether the Song of Roland's Roncevalles is a military satire, chivalry and honor-violence in late medieval Florence, morality and legality in late medieval England: the evidence of Benedictine sermon collections, a reconsideration of Middle Welsh literature as historical evidence for social violence, and sword-made men: mystical armament and earthly authority in Malory's Le Morte Darthur.
Deuwn i adnabod rhai o'r mannau ar y daith, Sainte-Jean a Roncevalles, Zubiri a Phamplona, Los Arcos a Santo Domingo de la Cazada, Puente la Reina ac Estella, Azofra a Belorado, Vilambistia a Villafranca.
Having trudged the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage artery traversing northern Spain from Roncevalles in the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, their moment of reflection at their journey's end was well earned.