Who was the subject of the oldest surviving Spanish epic poem Cantar de Mio Cid?

The oldest and most intact of the three Spanish epic poems to survive in writing, the Cantar de mio Cid—known also as the Poema de mio Cid—recounts the deeds of a mature Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, el Cid, as he navigates his exile at the decree of King Alfonso VI.

Who is referred as the CID in the poem?

The poem tells of the fall from royal favour and the eventual vindication of the Castilian 11th-century noble and military leader Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (1043–99), popularly known as the Cid, who became Spain’s national hero.

What happens in Cantar de mio Cid?

‘Cantar del Mio Cid’ revolves around the topic of the restoration of lost honor, which will be a greater honor than the one lost. The poem begins with the banishment of Cid, the first reason for dishonor, after being accused of stealing. His titles and lands are also taken away.

Who is the author of Mio Cid?


Cantar de mio Cid
Also known as Poema de mio Cid (Poem of my Cid)
Author(s) Unknown
Language Old Spanish
Date Composed sometime between 1140 and 1207

What makes El Cid epic of Spain a remarkable epic?

El Cid was a formidable military leader who won several famous battles. He was also an astute politician. His most significant accomplishment was his conquest of Muslim-ruled Valencia in spite of strong Almoravid resistance. He ruled Valencia from 1094 until his death in 1099.

When was The Poem of the Cid written?

An epic poem set in Christian and Moorish Spain in the eleventh century; written in Spanish (as Cantar de mio Cid) in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century; published in English in 1808.