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1 Alison Smith Feb 21, 2008 Western Civilization I Tuesday/Thursday 1-2:15 PM The Cid and His Times The Poem of The Cid presents the story of Rodrigo Diaz, known as The Cid throughout the poem, as he goes from exile to his victorious return to the court of King Alfonso. However, one can also find through the story the conditions of 11 th century Spain and the expectations that were held for warriors in a feudal society. The Cid is nearly constantly engaged in battles between The Christians and the Moors, though his reasons are not purely religious as one would guess, but to gather riches to draw more men to him so that he might regain the Kings favor. However, this was a constant theme during this time period as each religious sect fought to gain riches and land. For instance, while The Cid was in exile, he entered the Moors territory and was camped there. He soon drew the Moors of one city, Alcocer fought them, and took the city from them in one battle. Thereafter he named himself King of Alcocer and kept the people there to serve him rather then send them away or kill them. The Cid is meant to be the near perfect example of a war lord in the feudal society of Spain. He is religious, faithful to his King, wife, and men, and a fierce warrior. After the finds
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