The Poem of my Cid

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The Poem of my Cid

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

1987

January 1st, 1987

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One of the most powerful and sustained works in all medieval literature, without which no series could be considered complete. The Poem of My Cid deals with the exploits of the medieval Castilian warrior, beginning with the sorrow of his departure into exile and focusing on his determination to regain the favour of his king. The poem is rich in incident and around the strength of the epic hero is developed the theme of the relationship between the individual and seigneurial society. The tribulations of his life and the drama of his battles against both Moors and Christians are presented with unusual directness and force. The translation preserves the tone of the original and reflects the vitality of its style while following the facing text closely. The full notes and the introduction cover problems of interpretation, style and background. Spanish text with facing-page translation, introduction and commentary.

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Peter Such was Head of Modern Languages and Director of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Sherborne School. He is the author (with John Hodgkinson) of The Poem of My Cid and (with Richard Rabone) of Book of Alexander. He retired from teaching in 2011 and he now lives in the province of Córdoba, working as an educational consultant and translator. He continues to carry out research on the literature of thirteenth-century Castile and its political and intellectual background.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page2
Copyright Page3
Contents4
Acknowledgements5
Select Bibliography6
Maps9
Spain at the time of the Cid9
The Cid’s route into exile10
The campaigns in the Levante11
The route to and from Corpes12
INTRODUCTION14
I. Manuscript, date and authorship14
II. This historical background to the events and composition of the Poema de Mio Cid16
III. The Spanish epic18
IV. History and fiction in the Poema de Mio Cid20
V. Themes22
VI. Characterization32
VII. The poet’s craft37
VIII. The Cid in literature and music47
IX. The translation48
Notes to the Introduction49
THE POEM AND COMMENTARY52
CANTAR I52
CANTAR II121
CANTAR III190
Index of proper names273
ILLUSTRATIONS13
Poema de Mio Cid, fol. 565 (lines 2760–2787)13
The castle of Zorita52
The Puerta del Sol in Toledo120