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Honor Roles In Medieval Society Essay

568 words - 2 pages


The Poem of the Cid is a story of a hero based in medieval Spain. During this time period much of everyday living was distinguished by honor roles. Throughout this paper I will write roles honor played in this society, and the effect it had on the expectations of men and women in medieval society. I will end with ways in bringing dishonor.

     The Cid was an ideal Lord. He was generous to his followers, showed them respect, and took acceptance of their council. He was loyal almost to a fault. He brought honor to himself by giving honor to his Lord, King Alfonso. Alfonso who was the opposite of the Cid, he did not know how to let his vassals bring him honor. The King often believed the enemies of the Cid therefore not trusting him. Enemies misled the King, which later dealt the banishment of the Cid. After he was banished from his home never did he hire himself to the Moors as a mercenary. The Cid continued to gain much territory and many riches for the king who exiled him, King Alfonso. In doing this he hoped to regain the acceptance of his king.

     The Cid brought honor to himself and his king by winning in battle. A measurement of honor could be assembled on the number of victories along with the “booty” that had been collected. An example of this is shown in the battle against Count Ramon. After accomplishing this victory The Cid gained possession of Colada, a sword worth many marks in silver. Written on page 75, “This was a victorious battle which brought honour to the Cid.” He accomplished a defeat towards Count Ramon, taking him prisoner and acquiring a valuable...

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