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Charlemagne the king of France has waged war in Spain against the Saracens for seven years He has conquered the entire Spain and there isnt any city left to invade but only Saragossa which is located upon a mountain It is the city of pagan King Marsile He has no love for God for he is a follower of Muhammad and besides he prays to Apollo No matter what he does he will be unable to prevent his ruin There is no place where we are told about these seven years except for the first stanza for the rest of the poem tells about specifically the seventh year of Charlemagnes war in Spain This stanza is definitely a brief summary of background of the whole poem and the poet gives the course of the story immediately at the beginning So with this opening audiences have the basic idea of the story which will be developed in the rest of the poem that is built upon the same basic idea The first line of this stanza begins with the name Charles who is the king of Franks and it is entirely reserved for Charlemagne and his attributes The first attribute referring to Charles is the king which could be simply taken as his title But just after that the poet assigns another attribute our great emperor to Charles Although this second one seems to be very same as the first one at first glance it means more than a title At this point we have come to realize that the poet is also a Frank Furthermore here the tone is extremely emotional for the poet expresses Franks engagement and admiration to their king by these words And this is developed in the rest of the poem as the concept of a good vassal Kaplanlioglu 2 Beginning with the second line we are introduced to the action part of the story And we learn that the King
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