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Poem of Mio Cid

  • Poem of El Mio Cid. Madrid © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Poem of El Mio Cid. Madrid © Biblioteca Nacional de España





13th century



Cultural background


Original title

Poema del Mío Cid
Spanish National Library

This is a copy of the first work in the Castilian mediaeval epic genre.

This is a chanson de geste or mediaeval epic which narrates the heroic deeds which were freely based on the last years of the life of the Castilian knight Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, a historic character who lived between the reigns of Ferdinand I, Sancho II and Alfonso VI (11th century). The poem has 3,735 verses and is divided into three parts (the Cantar del Destierro, Cantar de las Bodas, and Cantar de la Afrenta de Corpes).

It was written in the late 12th century by a minstrel from the region of Medinaceli and reproduced by the copyist Per Abbat in May 1207. It appears that two copies were made of the original by Per Abbat, of which only one still survives today: its palaeographic and linguistic characteristics enable it to be dated towards 1235.

Details of the work


Place of production
Per Abbat was the copyist in May 1207


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