El Cid and the Reconquista: Warfare in Medieval Spain: 1050-1492/David Nicolle, Angus McBride. Osprey Men at Arms Series 200. Softcover. First edition 1988. Out of print. Condition: Very good, very light tanning to cover. ISBN 0850458404
From the Arabic al sayyid, master or chieftain, the very name El Cid sums up the special character of medieval Spanish warfare and seems to have been given to Rodrigo de Vivar by his Muslim foes. But was this in recognition of his victories against Islam in the ‘Reconquista’, or because this Castilian nobleman was as content to serve beside the Muslims as to fight them? This book examines the story of the Christian conquest of the Iberian peninsula which gave rise to the legend of El Cid and outlines the history, tactics, arms and armour of the period.