Good quotes from El Cantar del Mio Cid illustrate the character of El Cid and the themes of the poem, like honor, loyalty, and the relationship between the king and El Cid.
El Cid restores his honor to the King of Valencia by sending back spoils of his war with Moorish communities in Spain. This demonstrates that a man can gain honor through generosity rather than greed. The king says,
Tis over early for one banished, without grace
In his lord's sight, to receive it at the end of three week's space.
But since 'tis Moorish plunder to take it I consent.
That the Cid has taken such a spoil, I am full well content.
Beyond all this Minaya thine exemption I accord,
For all thy lands and honors are unto thee restored.
Go and come! Henceforth my favor I grant to thee once more.
But to thee I say nothing of the Cid Campeador.
This quote represents a turning point for El Cid. He's able to return home and begin his normal life again as a wealthy and influential man.
When King Alfonso requests that El Cid's...
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