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The Poem of the Cid
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140444467, Paperback)One of the finest of epic poems, and the only one to have survived from medieval Spain, "The Poem of the Cid" recounts the adventures of the warlord and nobleman Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar - 'Mio Cid'. A forceful combination of heroic fiction and historical fact, the tale seethes with the restless, adventurous spirit of Castille, telling of the Cid's unjust banishment from the court of King Alfonso, his victorious campaigns in Valencia, and the crowning of his daughters as queens of Aragon and Navarre - the high point of his career as a warmonger. An epic that sings of universal human values, this is one of the greatest of all works of Spanish literature.
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A new translation of a medieval Spanish epic. In The Second Cantar, one reads: "The Moors finish setting up their camp / and the dawn finally comes. / Their drums set up a faster beat, booming quickly. / Mio Cid was in high spirits, said: / 'Ya what a beautiful day!'"
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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