War was his business, no question. But what is the story of Rodrigo Vivar’s truth and what is a transfigured adventure story from the time of the Reconquista, can be very difficult to distinguish. In any case, Rodrigo, son of Diego was born in Spain around 1045 and died in 1099 in a battle against the North African Almoravids in the defense of Valencia, which he had just reconquered.
In the struggle of Christians against the Moors and Arabs, who raged in the Middle Ages for centuries on the Iberian Peninsula, the knight played a dazzling role. With his Castilian King Alfonso VI. was the Cid – a derivative of his Arabic nickname the Lord – violently divided, he led a small independent mercenary troupe and mastered with these robber barons very cleverly the newly conquered area around Valencia. Read the rest of this entry »