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 Rodrigo Diaz “El Cid” de Vivar

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Rodrigo Diaz “El Cid” de Vivar

  • Birth 1043 Burgos, Provincia de Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
  • Death 10 Jun 1099 Valencia, Provincia de València, Valenciana, Spain
  • Burial Burgos, Provincia de Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
  • Plot Center of Cathedral
  • Memorial ID 103397705

He and his wife Doña Jimena were originally interred at the monastery of San Pedro de Cardena; however, during the Napoleonic invasion of Spain, French soldiers stole their bones and took them to France. In 1927, they were returned to Spain and reinterred in the center of Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Castile in Northern Spain.

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Eleventh-century Spanish warrior who rid his country of its Moorish conquerors making him a national hero of mythical proportions. He served as the commander of the troops of Sancho II, ruler of Castile, beginning in 1065. Called El Cid ("the lord") by the Moors and El Campeador ("the champion") by his countrymen, he became famous for his military prowess in several battles against Sancho's brother, Alfonso VI, ruler of Léon. Sancho died in 1072 without an heir and Rodrigo's allegiance was transferred to the court of Alfonso. Rodrigo was a popular leader and hero in Castile, but was not as popular at court in Léon. Alfonso became convinced that Rodrigo was plotting against him and exiled him in 1081. Rodrigo found work fighting for the Muslim leaders al-Mu'tamin and his successor al-Musta'in II, bolstering his military record and reputation as a leader. When King Alfonso was threatened by an invasion of the Islamic Almoravid dynasty in 1086, he talked Rodrigo into fighting for him again. Over the next several years Rodrigo set his sights on the kingdom-city of Valencia, operating more or less independently of Alfonso. After a 20-month siege, Rodrigo conquered Valencia and became the de facto ruler, making it officially a Christian city. After his death, he was immortalized in plays, folk tales, and songs including the 12th-century epic El cantar de mío Cid ("The Song of the Cid"). He continues to be one of the most revered men in Spanish history.

- Compiled by Meredith Drew Trawick utilizing a biography at "Infoplease"


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  • Created by: Meredith Drew Trawick
  • Added: 10 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103397705
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rodrigo Diaz “El Cid” de Vivar (1043–10 Jun 1099), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103397705, citing Burgos Cathedral (Catedral de Burgos), Burgos, Provincia de Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain ; Maintained by Meredith Drew Trawick (contributor 46908319) .