In La Chanson de Roland, if we look at the relationship of Ganelon and Roland as a microcosm of the early medieval Church, what does their relationship suggest about the status of Christianity during this period? Toward the end of the poem, when Ganelon is tried and executed by Charlemagne’s courts, are the proceedings in line with medieval Church teachings of Christianity? Why or Why not? Finally, how can the poem’s brutal ending represent an example of humanistic philosophy?

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