I leave two daughters with you, but little girls they be. Fear not to see me fight ; my heart swells within me, because ye are by, and with God's help I shall win this battle. He started as a vassal of Castilian king and went quite far up the ladder. Great was the rejoicing when my Cid entered Valencia. Do you take the chests and keep them, but swear a great oath here That you will not look within them for the space of all this year.
Horse and foot he made them wealthy then, And a poor man you could not find in all his host of men. The ballad version of the adventure with the lion at Valencia is an illustration of this. Nor were overt acts wanting to stir up ill blood between the neighbours. He sets out with three hundred faithful followers to gain his living in the small Moorish state of Aragon. It seems, however, to have been in vogue in Christian Spain at a com- paratively early period, for in a Latin poem, written little more than half a century after his death, he is described as Ipse Rodericus, mio Cid semper vocatus.
Therefore this accusation against him was addressed. When they arrive all but one of them flea, Wiglaf, he helps kill the Dragon, who slashed at Beowulf's throat causing him to die. But El Cid's successes provoked the jealousy of his rivals who had the ear of King Alfonso of Castile. El Cid went back to Valencia and returned the city to peace. I am come to make you rich for ever with no risk of loss.
As time proved, King Alfonso was simply not capable of defeating the Muslim general Yusuf. The challenged and the challengers ; and God defend the right. My lord Cid the great Campeador did at that time ordain That it stand pitched; to move it let not a Christian dare. The mead hall is the gathering place of the Danes where they sing and feast, yet Grendel occupies it nightly devouring any Dane who enters. Till, midway meeting, three with three, in struggle fierce' they lock, , ' While all account them dead who hear the echo of the shock.
And with their wives the townsmen at the windows stood hard by, And they wept in lamentation, their grief was risen so high. One is the Cid of romance, a figure so thickly incrusted with successive accretions of legend and fable that scarcely a feature of the original historical personage that formed its nucleus is any longer discernible. And in the palace they spread a carpet, and over it a sheet of white linen, whereon they paid down three hundred marks in silver and other three hundred in gold. Low did you crouch behind the couch whereon the Cham- pion lay : You did, Ferrando, and by that we rate your worth to-day. In their lands we dwell and do them every sort of injury; And we have drunk their liquor, of their bread our meal we make.
Night passed, and came the morning. But when they carried away my daughters from Valencia the Great, I, of the love I bore them, gave them two swords that I won in knightly fashion, Colada and Tizon, that with them they might do honour to themselves and service to you. This was the century of the First Crusade to the Holy Land, but Rodrigo Diaz was fighting his own crusade, saving the threatened northern half of the Iberian Peninsula from Moslem domination. Then other marks three hundred in gold to him they paid. On the other hand it is, to say the least, extremely improbable that the poem could have been written after Leon and Castile had been brought under one crown, that is to say, after 1230 ; for if the relations of the two kingdoms had been of a friendly nature it is inconceivable that the poet would have represented, or would have ventured to represent, two powerful and illustrious Leonese houses in the odious and contemptible light in which he shows the Gomez and -Ordonez families. Alfonso did not want Valencia ; and, in fact, declined to take it at the Cid's death, being too prudent a general to extend his front with such an enemy as Yusof before him. And that they brought before him, and quickly to him gave.
Per Vermudoz, lo, foremost among those ranks is he, And likewise Muno Gustioz that frankly loveth thee, And Martin Antolinez that was born in Burgos town, And don Jerome the Bishop of honorable renown. And when these ladies shall have reached my kingdom's boundary, Have a care how thou shalt serve them, thou and the Campeador. Now merry were the ladies and not so much afraid. It was made in 1140, and one of the scriptures was found in 1779. And now are both king Galve and Fariz in retreat ; -Great is the day for Christendom, great is the Moors' defeat! But he sought out Alphonso where the King was to find. My lord Cid and his lady to church they went their way.
God wot the Abbot Sancho was the happiest of men. . We will take these chests and put them where they shall not be seen ; but tell us what will content the Cid, and what interest will he give us for the year? Good Martin Antolinez in Burgos that cost dwell, We would give thee a fair present for thou deserves well. According to the poem the battle was fought a couple of years earlier. He gained something in the country of the Moor When he marched there, for many goods he brought with him away.
He took command of a combined Christian and Moorish army. He was incredibly brave and honest. I go To plant thy ensign in among the thickest of the foe ; And ye who serve it, be it yours our standard to restore. A Zamora knight slaughtered Sancho in October. Rodrigo eventually faced the Almoravids in battle and defeated them at every turn. A critical text, however, or at least one which, without yielding to the tempta- tions of conjectural emendation, would rectify the obvious cor- ruptions of copyist or reciter, is still a desideratum.
Those bands of Christ delayed not to get ready for the fight. Working for Sancho When King Ferdinand of Castile died in 1065 the kingdom was divided into three parts, Castile for Sancho, Leon for Alfonso, and Galicia for García. They raised their eyes and men they saw pitching tents everywhere. The eldest, Sancho, king of Castile, tried to repair his father's error by force of arms, and wrested, first, Galicia from his youngest brother Garcia, and then Leon from the next, Alfonso, but only after a doubtful struggle in which he owed success to the generalship and tenacity of the Cid, who served him in his campaigns as alferez, or ' ancient,' a post which at that time seems to have corre- sponded with that of chief of the staff in a modem army where the sovereign is nominally commander-in-chief But laying siege to the city of Zamora, which had been left to his sister Urraca, he was treacherously slain ; and as he left no heir of his body, the Castilians found themselves reduced to acknowledge his brother Alfonso, the defeated king of Leon, against whom they had been in arms only a short time before. When he was banished he became an adventurist because he had to fight for his honor again.