How realistic is the TV series CID

El Cid: Review of the series on Amazon Prime Video

In the historical contempt series "El Cid", Amazon tells the story of glorious battles and mean intrigues in the life of the Spanish national hero.

If anyone needs an argument against small states, against sovereigns who cook their own soup and lose sight of the big picture: Amazon Video provides a couple of impressive reasons with the Spanish historical series "El Cid" from December 18th. Anyone who is king in Spain in the 11th century, who wants to do all the big politics in small empires and only causes confusion, who, depending on the balance of power, holds his flag in changing winds - no wonder that the country and its people long for a strong man , after a knight without fear or rebuke.

This man really existed in Spain. El Cid is unconditionally revered as a national hero. Historically, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, his real name, was a controversial figure, a servant of many masters, who, contrary to popular belief, was about himself when he fought glorious battles for the good of the nation. The man knew how to get his mites dry. The series creators José Velasco and Luis Arranz don't tell much about that.

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El Cid (Jaime Lorente "House of Money") is the Amazon original series, a saint who rushes forward with wit, charm and youthful carefree. As a twelve-year-old boy brought to the court of Léon, the squire grows up to be a handsome man to whom loyalty is more important than anything else. As honorable as his request is, it is so hopeless: King Ferdinand's children intrigue with one another at court, the queen plans to overthrow, counts are renegades, the neighboring empires rebellious, and then there are also the Moors in the south.

Those who accept that new names are constantly being spun, new intrigues are spun, new alliances are forged and old alliances are terminated, who do not mind losing track of things, will get a respectable history series with "El Cid" under the Spanish sun combines the best of sleazy soap opera and brutal slaughterhouse. It's always exciting: On the one hand, there is always quite a lot going on in the ten episodes, on the other hand, the splendidly equipped series was produced with a decent budget and therefore looks great.

It may not be very credible that El Cid goes his heroic path unswervingly and lonely in the midst of conspiracies and assassinations, vanity and sibling love, political maneuvers and economic hegemony. But as a glorious fighter he fulfills a longing for consistency and a sense of honor, and there is enough space left and right of the path for fascinating anecdotes about life in medieval Spain. Although the swipes against patriarchy and the undermining of constitutional principles seem a bit out of place in view of the predominant romanticism of chivalry.

Source: teleschau - der mediendienst GmbH