but what might be called a categorical immortality. Arabas is dead, but
‘the Sultan’ continues to rule the Saracens and harry the Christians, for
as soon as Arabas’ death is known, ‘the Sarazenes crouned sir Garsy’
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(491). Without missing a beat, the interminable conflict of pagan
wrong and Christianright marches on.
The exclusion of conversion in the Siege of Melayne distinguishes it
sharply from the other Charlemagne romances conventionally associated with it. In texts of the Ferumbras group, following