Mocedades de Rodrigo

Project Lead:

Matthew Bailey, Professor of Romance Languages


Brandon Bucy, Senior Academic Technologist, ITS
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Project Description:

On this website you will find an audio recording of the Mocedades de Rodrigo, rendered in early fourteenth-century Castilian, following a normative transcription of the poem’s unique manuscript housed in the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.

The Mocedades is a verse narrative of the youthful deeds of Rodrigo Díaz, who had not yet earned the sobriquet El Cid. It was put to parchment in the first quarter of the fourteenth century. A similar narrative of Rodrigo’s youth constitutes the initial chapters of a prose history known as the Crónica de los reyes de Castilla [Chronicle of the Kings of Castile], written a generation or so earlier (c. 1295). The poem and the chronicle, both of which narrate events from the early history of the kingdom of Castile, reflect the growing importance of Castile among the Christian kingdoms of Spain.

Methodology: digital edition, digitization, and sound