Other Free Encyclopedias » 21st Century Webster's Family Encyclopedia » 21st Century Webster's Family Encyclopedia - Children's literature to Clumber spaniel

El Cid


Cid, El (Rodrigo Díaz de Bivar; 1040?–99), Spanish soldier and hero. His name comes from the Arabic El Sayyid, which means “the Lord.” El Cid led the forces of Sancho II of Castile and Alfonso VI of Leon until banishment by Alfonso (c.1081). He then fought for the Arab kings of Saragossa, capturing Valencia (1094), where he remained as ruler until his death. His romanticized exploits appear in literature, notably The Song of the Cid (c.1140) and Corneille's Le Cid (1636).

Cilia [next] [back] Marcus Tullius Cicero

User Comments

Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can't read it easily.
Hide my email completely instead?

Cancel or