Journals Higher Education



Published: 09 November 2000

296 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719052262

Bookseller Code (06)


The world of El Cid

Chronicles of the Spanish Reconquest

Simon Barton and Richard Fletcher

Published by Manchester University Press

Manchester Medieval Sources MUP

  • Makes available, for the first time in English translation, four of the principal narrative sources for the history of the Spanish kingdom of León-Castile during the eleventh and twelfth centuries
  • Three chronicles focus primarily upon the activities of the kings of León-Castile as leaders of the Reconquest of Spain from the forces of Islam, and especially upon Fernando I (1037-65), his son Alfonso VI (1065-1109) and the latter's grandson Alfonso VII (1126-57)
  • The fourth chronicle is a biography of the hero Rodrigo Díaz, better remembered as El Cid, and is the main source of information about his extraordinary career as a mercenary soldier who fought for Christian and Muslim alike
  • Covers the fasincating interaction of the Muslim and Christian worlds, each at the height of their power
  • Each text is prefaced by its own introduction and accompanied by explanatory notes

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