Why did El Cid not shave his beard?  

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The Poem of El Cid takes place during the make or break medieval society of King Alfonso. These were the years of the Reconquering of Spain by the Moors, making the chivalry class of knights essential to the safety and security of the kingdom.

El Mio Cid is supposed to exemplify the medieval soldier: courageous yet vulnerable, strong yet loving, but most importantly, he must be the epitome of the honorable man.

In comes the beard. Spain, influenced by both Muslim and Catholic traditions, follows the tenets of the sacred writings when...

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