El Cid: The Making of a Legend
M. J. Trow (Author)
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DescriptionAnd so the Cid rode out of the gates of history - and into legend. Viewed at one level, Rodrigo Diaz, from the little town of Burgos in Castile, was just another warlord, like countless others. That he fought for Muslim as well as Christian sent a shudder of outrage through the whole of Christendom; the man was a traitor to his God as well as his king. Why, then, was an epic film starring Charlton Heston made about the man known as El Cid? Why is he the national hero of Spain and why is there a statue to him in his native Burgos, and in New York City, three thousand miles and a thousand years away from the man and his times? Acclaimed author M.J. Trow peals back the layers of legend. He reveals the facts of the Cid's life and places his life in the context of the times, looks at how the Cid became the hero of the Reconquista in his own time and in later centuries, examines the way Spain's politicians and ruling elite have used the icon of the Cid, and discusses why the man and his story have fascinated numerous writers, from the 16th century to modern times.
The History Press Ltd
2 May 2007
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