El Cid Captures Valencia From the Moors Hot

El Cid Captures Valencia From the Moors

El Cid
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El Cid (Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar — El Cid Campeador, "The lord-master of military arts") captures Valencia from the Moors, using a combined force of Christians and Moors. El Cid then carves out his own kingdom along the Mediterranean that is only nominally subservient to Alfonso VI of Castile.

Valencia will be both Christian and Muslim because adherents of both religions are serving in his army on an equal basis. It's an early version of interfaith tolerance in Europe, based though on military conquest.

Another unusual facet of El Cid's leadership is the fact that he actively seeks out advice and ideas from his men. He has the histories and battle strategies of ancient Greek and Roman generals read aloud to his troops; he then encourages them to suggest tactics for upcoming battles. As a consequence, he frequently uses unexpected and unusual tactics which help him win.

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El Cid 1961 - Battle of Valencia (against Ben Yussuf)

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