El Cid: The Conqueror
A look at the man who was El Cid. Here was a man thought
by some to be a simple mercenary and by others, a patriotic leader of Spain and
Christianity. Although he fought for the Church, it was he that tried to unite
the two different worlds of Christianity and Islam. It was his glorious victory
(even after he was dead!) that set the stage for the next event that would
occupy Europe’s next hundred years....The Crusades.
The story of El Cid is one of legend as well as mystery. But the impact of the person known as El Cid is indeed known. It was in
Spain, which was more African than European at that time, where the Arab world and the European world clashed. A time when the newer religion of Islam came up against the might of Christianity. The fight for Spain between the two religions predated the great expeditions of the Crusades and served as a foretelling of the wars of the faiths that would affect so much of the world’s history.
It is a story of one man, the nation’s hero who could take over the ruler ship yet was still blindly obedient to his King. It is a saga of two men who had different gods believed in the goal of mankind first and fought to keep the two worlds co-existing together.
It is a story of love as the wife of El Cid allows her husband an undignified death in order that he led his army in one last battle. It
would be his farewell battle...a swan song....the song of the Cid would live forever.
Written by: Gary Reed
Art by: Wayne Reid
Print: Full Color