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The Resource The quest for El Cid, Richard Fletcher

The quest for El Cid, Richard Fletcher

Label
The quest for El Cid
Title
The quest for El Cid
Statement of responsibility
Richard Fletcher
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Rodrigo Díaz, the legendary warrior-knight of eleventh-century Castile known as El Cid, is still honored in Spain as a national hero for liberating the fatherland from the occupying Moors. Yet, as this book reveals, there are many contradictions between eleventh-century reality and the mythology that developed later. 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; posthumously he was immortalized in the great epic Poema de Mío Cid. 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. This ground-breaking inquiry into the life and times of El Cid 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 lifetime.--From publisher description
Cataloging source
DCC
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Fletcher, R. A.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Spain
  • Cid
  • Cid
Label
The quest for El Cid, Richard Fletcher
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1990"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-231) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1: The problem and the method ; Al-Andalus ; The breaking of the necklace ; The heirs of the Visigoths ; A few men in a small land ; Contemporaries -- Intermission: The sources -- pt. 2: The Campeador ; Exile in Zaragoza ; The Alrnoravide invasion ; The prince of Valencia ; My Cid of Vivar
Control code
980090022382
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xv, 217 p.
Isbn
9780195069556
Lccn
lc90022382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
Label
The quest for El Cid, Richard Fletcher
Publication
Note
"First published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1990"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-231) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1: The problem and the method ; Al-Andalus ; The breaking of the necklace ; The heirs of the Visigoths ; A few men in a small land ; Contemporaries -- Intermission: The sources -- pt. 2: The Campeador ; Exile in Zaragoza ; The Alrnoravide invasion ; The prince of Valencia ; My Cid of Vivar
Control code
980090022382
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xv, 217 p.
Isbn
9780195069556
Lccn
lc90022382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.

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