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Spain, Along the ways of the Cid

The Song of My Cid is a Spanish epic poem of the mid-12th century, similar to La Chanson de Roland and other medieval poems, intended to be orally transmitted. It is the earliest surviving monument of Spanish literature, generally considered one of the great medieval epics and one of the masterpieces of Spanish literature. The original manuscript of the poem, believed to have been composed about 1140, has been lost; the earliest existing copy, by Per Abbat, dates from 1307.
Distinguished for its realistic tone and treatment of the historical setting and the topographical detail, which allows to follow the Cids travels over Castile, Aragn and Valencia, the poem interwines the Cid biography data with the legend.

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