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El Cid the life story Rodrigo Daz father Diego Lanez was a member of the minor nobility infanzones of Castile But the Cids social background was less unprivileged than later popular tradition liked to suppose for he was directly connected on his mothers side with the great landed aristocracy and he was brought up at the court of Ferdinand I in the household of that kings eldest son the future Sancho II of Castile When Sancho succeeded to the Castilian throne 1065 he nominated the 22-year-old Cid as his standard-bearer armiger regis or commander of the royal troops This early promotion to important office suggests that the young Cid had already won a reputation for military prowess In 1067 he accompanied Sancho on a campaign against the important Moorish kingdom of Saragossa Zaragoza and played a leading role in the negotiations that made its king al-Muqtadir a tributary of the Castilian crown Ferdinand I on his death had partitioned his kingdoms among his various children leaving Leon to his second son Alfonso VI Sancho began 1067 to make war on the latter with the aim of annexing Leon Later legend was to make the Cid a reluctant supporter of Sanchos aggression but it is unlikely the real Cid had any such scruples He played a prominent part in Sanchos successful campaigns against Alfonso and so found himself in an awkward situation in 1072 when the childless Sancho was killed while besieging Zamora leaving the dethroned Alfonso as his only possible heir The new king appears to have done his best to win the allegiance of Sanchos most powerful supporter Though the Cid now lost his post as armiger regis to a great magnate Count Garca Ordez whose bitter enemy he became and his former influence at court naturally declined he was allowed to remain there and in July 1074 probably at Alfonsos instigation he married the kings niece Jimena dau ghter of the
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