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El Cid

El Cid

Male Abt 1042 - 1099  (~ 57 years)

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  • Name El Cid  
    Born Abt 1042  Vivar, near Burgos, Castile, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1048  [2
    Died 1099  Valencia, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I9700  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Family Ximena Diaz,   d. Abt 1115 
    Married 14 Jul 1074  [3
    Children 
    +1. Cristina Rodriguez,   b. Abt 1075
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2018 11:32:40 
    Family ID F6070  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    El Cid Campeador
    El Cid Campeador
    One of several copies of Anna Hyatt Huntington's 1921 sculpture; this one is in San Diego's Balboa Park.

  • Notes 
    • Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar. Also called El Campeador, Señor de Bibar, Conde de Valencia.

      Todd Farmerie, SGM, 29 Sep 2012, on the ancestry of El Cid and his wife:

      The problem is that El Cid was a member of the obscure local nobility, and all we have as evidence for his parentage are the already myth-tainted celebrations of his life compiled as epics. If you trust the pedigree given there, then you can match up the names with an established family of the high nobility. However, many authors consider this material to be hopelessly tainted by a desire to glorify the hero. Given that surname usage had not developed yet, it is a matter of faith in many cases to conclude that a given person in a document is the person of that name in the legendary pedigree. Simply put, there is no getting around this. As to Jimena, what we know is that she had brothers who were counts and had the patronymic Diaz. She is reported to have been a kinswoman of Alfonso VI, and this has figured heavily in older attempts to provide her with a pedigree [which] have foundered on this rock that likewise derives only from the epic material. A lot of ingenuity has been put into compiling an ancestry for her, but with her mother it comes down to accepting the authenticity of a charter which has been doubted, and with her father, a process of elimination based on geography, onomastics, some assumptions about (or dubious records referring to) social status.

      The short answer is that there are theories out there, but consensus is wanting because of the lack of quality source material and different perspectives on the value of that which we do have.

  • Sources 
    1. [S849] G. Andrews Moriarty, "The Plantagenet Descent from the Cid." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 117:94, April 1963., date only.

    2. [S846] Spanish-language Wikipedia.

    3. [S849] G. Andrews Moriarty, "The Plantagenet Descent from the Cid." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 117:94, April 1963.