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Cantar de Mio Cid

circa 1207

Why is it canonical?

In addition to the Song of Roland, El Cid is one of the best known Chansons de Geste, or "song of deeds", and tells the story of El Cid's part in the reconquista of Spain against the Muslims. It is the oldest known poem in Castilian Spanish. Because of its subject matter, it was greatly appreciated during the Crusades, and was a cornerstone of the troubador repertoire.


Per Abbad




Castilian Spanish


Middle Ages

Images and Videos

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El Cid in the Arco of Santa Maria


Full text of the song of El Cid in English