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The Poem of the Cid: Dual Language Edition (Penguin Classics) (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – January 8, 1985
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Janet Perry studied Spanish, French and German, becoming a Lecturer at King's College, London in 1921, a post she held for twenty-three years. She died in 1958.
Ian Michael is a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford and King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies for the University.
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The story itself is also marvelous. We get a wonderful sense of the confusion and ambiguities of the feudal society. The uniqueness of the Spanish feudal experience comes through brilliantly. The Muslims are dealt with with more accuracy and tolerance than in any other work of medieval literature. The two Jewish characters in the poem -- moneylenders -- are presented without scorn. Indeed, it is the Frankish (probably Norman) count of Barcelona who is portrayed as the moronic outsider. There is much excellent description of medieval warfare, clothing, hommage ceremonies, and use of money, but most enlightening part of the story is the long trial scene.
The poem is short, with a fast-paced and coherent plot. It is very easy to read this in one sitting because it is so gripping.
The introduction and notes are both scholarly and well-written. I found them extremely informative.
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Classic poem in a nice edition. The parallel translations is nice.Published 7 months ago by Mark A. Wasser
Yes, buy this! The Spanish was too difficult but the English made it such an enjoyable storyPublished 12 months ago by whereispigeon
I had to purchase this for a class I was taking on Medieval Europe. I will confess, I usually never read any of the assigned texts for classes i take, preferring to take notes... Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by Patricia A. Martens