"...This man, the scourge of his time, by his appetite for glory, by the prudent steadfastness of his character, and by his heroic bravery:
Was one of the miracles of God". -Ibn Bassam (11th Century Poet) on El Cid
El Cid was a knight in 11th century Spain.
Growing up in the borderlands between two religions, he gained a reputation for military skill and bravery. This led to his nickname Campeador, 'Master Of The Battlefield'.
Today's he's remembered as loyal, merciful and above all, pious. But behind the legends and myths was a very different man.
In this episode, we peel back the layers of this Spanish hero and learn the real story behind the hero of The Reconquista.