The Quest for El Cid
Oxford University Press, 1991 - 217 pagine
Rodrigo Diaz, the legendary warrior-knight of eleventh-century Castile known as El Cid, is remembered today as the Christian hero of the Spanish crusade who waged wars of re-conquest for the triumph of the Cross over the Crescent. He is still honored in Spain as a national hero for liberating
the fatherland from the occupying Moors. Yet, as Richard Fletcher shows in this award-winning book, there are many contradictions between eleventh-century reality and the mythology that developed with the passing years.
By placing El Cid in a fresh, historical context, Fletcher shows us an adventurous soldier of fortune who was of a type, one of a number of cids, or bosses, who flourished in eleventh-century Spain. But the El Cid of legend--the national hero--was unique in stature even in his lifetime.
Before his death El Cid was already celebrated in a poem written in tribute of the conquest of Almería; posthumously he was immortalized in the great epic Poema de Mio Cid and became the centerpiece for countless other works of literature. When he died in Valencia in 1099, he was ruler of an
independent principality he had carved for himself in Eastern Spain. Rather than the zealous Christian leader many believe him to have been, Rodrigo emerges in Fletcher's study as a mercenary equally at home in the feudal kingdoms of northern Spain and the exotic Moorish lands of the south, selling
his martial skills to Christian and Muslim alike. Indeed, his very title derives from the Arabic word sayyid meaning lord or master. And as there was little if any sense of Spanish nationhood in the eleventh century, he can hardly be credited for uniting a medieval Spanish nation.
In this ground-breaking inquiry into the life and times of El Cid, Fletcher disentangles fact from myth to create a striking portrait of an extraordinary man, clearly showing how and why legend transformed him into something he was not during his life. A fascinating journey through a turbulent
epoch, The Quest for El Cid is filled with the excitement of discovery, and will delight readers interested not only in Spanish history and literature, but those who want to understand how myth can shape our perception of history.
Cosa dicono le persone - Scrivi una recensione
LibraryThing ReviewRecensione dell'utente - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
Some people are remembered after their deaths, but not perhaps for who they actually were. Rodrigo Diaz del Vivar El Cid was the big Castilian Medieval hero. Mr. Fletcher's work deals with the changes that various ages and writers put on the bones of the story. Only workmanlike prose. Leggi recensione completa
LibraryThing ReviewRecensione dell'utente - antiquary - LibraryThing
Popularly written but by a good professional historian, arguing the Cid was more an adventurer than a crusader; intended to some extend as a response to Menendez Pinal, whose heroization of the Cd was the sais of the movie (and book) I enjoyed greatly when young. Leggi recensione completa
The Problem and the Method
The Breaking of the Necklace
The Heirs of the Visigoths
S A Few Men in a Small Land
Altre edizioni - Visualizza tutto
Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World
Anteprima non disponibile - 2012
La convivencia en la España del siglo XIII: perspectivas alfonsíes
H. Salvador Martínez
Visualizzazione brani - 2006