Here are the other Frankish warriors who served Charlemagne, but were not the Twelve Peers, which the twelve paladins have a page of their own.


 
Archbishop Turpin
Duke Naimes
Gautier del Hum
Geoffrey of Anjou
 
Ogier the Dane
Thierry de Argonne


 

See also the Twelve Peers for the other Frankish paladins, including Roland and Oliver.









Archbishop Turpin
 

Archbishop of Reims. Archbishop was one of Charlemagne's advisers and knights. Archbishop Turpin was a very formidable warrior and played a prominent role in Chanson de Roland. According to the Pilgrimage of Charlemagne, Almace was the name of Turpin's sword.

Turpin inspired the knights to fight the battle of Rencesvals. Among the Saracens he killed: Siglorel.

Archbishop was the last to die before Roland's death. Sir Gautier del Hum was killed in a volley of javelins and arrows, where Turpin received his wounds. One spear broke his helmet, and four spears in his body, and yet he was strong enough to kill as many as four hundred Saracens. When Roland fainted, the archbishop went to fetch water, but his heart failed after massive blood loss.

 
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Name
Archbishop Turpin.
Turpin.

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Charlemagne, Roland, Oliver.



Duke Naimes
 

The wisest adviser of Charlemagne. Naimes was listed in another chanson, Pilgrimage of Charlemagne, as one of the Twelve Peers.

In the Chanson de Roland, Naimes supported Ganelon's argument for the peace proposal with Marsile, instead of Roland's argument of continuing the war. As wise as Naimes was, he didn't suspect treachery from Ganelon, which led to the downfall of the Twleve Peers.

Naimes, along with Count Jozeran was responsible for organising the divisions of Charlemagne's army.

Later, in the battle against Baligant's army, it was Naimes who arranged the forces. Naimes drove his lance through Malpramis, Baligant's son, but Naimes received a head wound from King Canabeus, a brother of Baligant.

 
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Name
Naimes, Neimes, Naimon, Naimun.

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Charlemagne.



Gautier del Hum
 

Gautier was the lord of Hum. Although, he was not one of the Twelve Peers, he was a vassal to Roland, therefore he took part in the Battle of Rencesvals, as recorded in Chanson de Roland.

Roland commanded Gautier to take one thousand warriors to occupy the defiles and the heights above the Rencesvals. But Gautier returned later to the valley after all of his men were all killed on top of the mountain, hoping to receive help from Roland's force. Gautier did kill Maelgut, nephew of Droun, before he came down to the valley. However, Gautier only found Roland and the archbishop alive, among the thousands of dead Franks.

Gautier fought side by side with Roland and the Archbishop Turpin, killing six, until he was killed from volley of javelins and darts.

 
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Name
Gautier del Hum.
Gautier, Gualter.

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Archbishop Turpin, Roland, Oliver.



Geoffrey de Anjou
 

Duke of Anjou. Geoffrey was a brother of Thierry. The brothers are often mention together.

Geoffrey and his brother were among those who closely served Charlemagne. In war, it was Geoffrey who was the king's standard bearer. He served under Charlemagne, himself, carrying the oriflamme, in the tenth division of Charlemagne's army. It was also he who blew the bugle for the king's men to arm themselves, when the Baligant's army was sighted.

 
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Geoffrey of Anjou.
Geoffrey, Grfrei, Gefreid, Gefreit, Geifrei.

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Charlemagne.



Ogier the Dane
 

A Frank count. Ogier was often called Ogier the Dane. He was a main character in his own chanson.

In Chanson de Roland, he was nominated by Ganelon, to serve as the vanguard of Charlemagne's army at Rencesvals, a position that was normally given to Roland.

In the battle against Baligant's army, Ogier commanded three divisions of twenty thousand knights, consisting of two French divisions and one Bavarian division.

Before Charlemagne fought and killed Baligant, it was Ogier who killed the standard bearer, Amborre of Oluferne. Baligant being superstitious, now believed he was wrong in attacking Charlemagne.

 
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Ogier the Dane.
Ogier, Oger, Ogers.

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Charlemagne.



Thierry de Argonne
 

Duke of Argonne. Thierry was frequently referred to as a brother of Geoffrey of Anjou. There are no mention of his parents.

In Chanson de Roland, Thierry and his brother was among those close to Charlemagne. In the battle, against Baligant, Thierry was given command of the ninth division, which consist of men from Lorraine and Burgundy.

Thierry was Charlemagne's champion in the trial against Ganelon, where he defeated Pinabel, Ganelon's kinsman and champion, in fierce single combat. Pinabel struck on the helm. Thierry received a wound to his face from forehead to his right cheek, but according to the poem, God protected him from death. Thierry returned the blow, which split Pinabel's head to his nasal. This victory, resulted in Ganelon's conviction of guilt, and his immediate execution.

 
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Name
Thierry, Tierri, Tierris.

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Geoffrey of Anjou, Charlemagne, Ganelon, Pinabel.









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