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  • Collection: El Cid (1961)

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Based on the Spanish epic poem, El Cantar de Mio Cid, and the anonymous Latin prose Historia Roderici, this film explores the life of the Castilian legend, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, during a period of violent and divisive conflicts between Christians…

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These series of drawings date to the nineteenth century, and although made far after Rodrigo Diaz’s time, demonstrates the significance of El Cid, or El Campeador, in Spanish culture in modern times. Diaz is a national icon for Spanish heritage and…

In this excerpt from Le Cantar del Mio Cid, the battle that occurred while Rodrigo Díaz was on route to his own wedding ceremony in Valencia is described here, and the poem also illustrates Rodrigo’s actions during the battle. The poet highlights…

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Rodrigo Díaz is depicted marching into the city of Valencia in 1094 after overthrowing, and executing, former Almoravid allies. In the years during his exile, thousands of other exiled Spaniards and Moors came to Rodrigo Díaz, requesting him to…

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Here is a medieval manuscript of Le Cantar del Mio Cid, which is the basis for the film’s legendary presentation of Rodrigo Díaz’s life and his chivalric feats in El Cid (1961). This poem and and the film valorizes the dedication to one’s…
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