Few works have formed a countrywide literature as completely because the Poem of the Cid has formed the Spanish literary culture. Tracing the lifetime of the eleventh-century army commander Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, known as El Cid (from the Arabic Sayyidi, "My Lord"), this medieval epic describes a sequence of occasions surrounding his exile. The textual content of the poem survives in just one early-thirteenth-century manuscript copied by means of a unmarried scribe, but centuries later the determine of the Cid nonetheless was once celebrated within the Spanish renowned ballad culture. this present day virtually each topic that characterizes Spanish literature-honor, justice, loyalty, treachery, and jealousy—derives from the Poem of the Cid.
Restored via poet and medievalist George Economou, this dependent and lively translation by way of Paul Blackburn is judged by means of many the best English translation of an exceptional medieval poem.
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