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Roland (pronounced [ʁɔ.lɑ̃]; Old Frankish: *Hrōþiland; Medieval Latin: Hruodlandus or Rotholandus; Italian: Orlando or Rolando; died 15 August 778) was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne who became one of the principal figures in the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. The historical Roland was military governor of the Breton March, responsible for defending Francia's frontier against the Bretons. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roland has received more than 786,244 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 30th most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Roland ranks 30 out of 1,194Before him are Pyrrhus of Epirus, Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Ptolemy I Soter, Vercingetorix, Simo Häyhä, and Guan Yu. After him are Baron Munchausen, Jochi, Ratko Mladić, Douglas MacArthur, Charles XIV John of Sweden, and Flavius Aetius.

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Among people born in 736, Roland ranks 1 Among people deceased in 778, Roland ranks 1After him is Lupus II of Gascony.

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Among people born in Spain, Roland ranks 35 out of 1,895Before him are Federico García Lorca (1898), Julio Iglesias (1943), Catherine of Aragon (1485), Philip IV of Spain (1605), El Cid (1045), and Philip III of Spain (1578). After him are Pope Callixtus III (1379), Charles II of Spain (1661), Montserrat Caballé (1933), Isidore of Seville (560), Luis Buñuel (1900), and Anne of Austria (1601).


Among military personnels born in Spain, Roland ranks 1After him are Pedro de Alvarado (1485), Pedro de Valdivia (1497), Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba (1453), Juan Pujol García (1912), John of Austria the Younger (1629), José Sanjurjo (1872), Antonio Tejero (1932), Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquess of Santa Cruz (1526), Gaius Laelius (-300), Serena (365), and Inés Suárez (1507).

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