Friday, October 19, 2012

"El Cid" Christian Castilian knight Don Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar

One of the kids had to watch this movie for Spanish class and it turns out El Cid was her grandfather. 
El Cid (1961) is a historical epic film, a romanticized story of the life of the Christian Castilian knight Don Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, called "El Cid" who in the 11th century fought the North African Almoravides and ultimately contributed to the unification of Spain.


Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (1043 – July 10, 1099), known as El Cid Campeador "The lord-master of military arts", was a Castiliann nobleman, military leader, and diplomat. Exiled from the court of the Spanish Emperor Alfonso VI of Leon and Castile, El Cid went on to command a Morrish force consisting of Muladis,  Berbers, Arabs and Malians,under Yusuf al-Mu'tamas ibn Hud, Moorish king of the northeast Al-Andalus city of Zaragoza, and his successor, Al-Mustein II.  
After the Christian defeat at the Battle of Sagrajas in 1086, El Cid was recalled to service by Alfonso VI, and commanded a combined Christian and Moorish army, which he used to create his own fiefdom in the Moorish  Miditerranean coastal city of Valencia. 
Rodrigo Díaz was educated in the royal court of Castile and became the alferez, the chief general, of Alfonso VI, and his most valuable asset in the fight against the Moors. 
He was the subject of the oldest extant Spanish epic poem Cantar de Mio Cid.
Statue of El Cid at Balboa Park, San Diego
El Cid:  is our 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd. Grandfather more than 100 times  - Related by both Kirt DeMar WOOD and Camilla SMITH. 
Rodrigo Diaz De Vivar 'El Cid'and his wife Jimena Diaz were the parents of Cristina Rodriguez. Cristina and her husband Ramiro of Navarre Jimeno were the parents of our grandfather Garcia IV Jimeno King of Navarre.  Our relationship to 'El Cid' comes through two of Garcia's children. 

Alfonso VI (before June, 1040 – June 29/July 1, 1109), nicknamed the Brave (El Bravo) or the Valiant, was King of León from 1065, King of Castile and de facto King of Galicia from 1072. After the conquest of Toledo he also self-proclaimedvictoriosissimo rege in Toleto, et in Hispania et Gallecia.[1] Much romance has gathered around his name.
Alfonso VI 'the Brave' : is our 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th. Grandfather more than 100 times - Related by both Kirt DeMar WOOD and Camilla SMITH. 
Our relationship come through two of Alfonso's children. First - Teresa Princess of Castile daughter of Alfonso and Ximena Moniz, Teresa was the wife of Henry I of Burgundy, they were the parents of our grandfather Alphonso I Henriques, King Of Portugal.  Secend - Urraca, Queen of Castile and Leon daughter of Alfonso and Constance of Burgundy, Urraca was the wife of Raymond of Burgundy they were the parents of our grandfather Alphonso VII, King of Castile & Leon. 

1 comment:

breckster said...

Justin's Dad will love this fact.