Under cover of a legend passed "from generation to generation," gladly retold about the slope and hill of Laval-Dieu, is that Roland, Charlemagne's nephew was killed in an ambush in the Pyrenees, and was buried somewhere on the banks of the stream of Couleurs. The legend would suggest that the ambush at Roncesvalles did not occur where the chansons de gestes suggest - but in Pas de la Roque, south of Rennes-le-Château (and marked on the map below).
While we believe that Roland is buried in the crypt of the Basilica of Saint-Romain * Blaye (Gironde), the local legend, in reality, is based on a place long known as "the Butte de Roland", near Laval-Dieu, in the vicinity of a former Cistercian abbey, where the last remaining ruins are still there.
In 1978, the case was believed absolutely fanciful, but then there resurfaced a report which may constitute direct evidence of an inhabitant of the neighborhood, who found a gravestone on which the name of ROLANDUS was still visible. When this man wanted to show the object of his discovery, he was unable to recognize the place as the vegetation was too confusing.
* Destroyed by Vauban in the facilities of the citadel of Blaye.
This theory appears to be the work of a researcher called Aetius and can be viewed here: http://www.portail-rennes-le-chateau.com/chanson_roland_roncevaux.htm
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.