El Cid Repays His Loan, Redeeming His Pawned Sand-Filled Chests

October 20, 2022

Then Alvar and Martin went on their way to Burgos; and when they had reached that place, they sent for the Jews Rachel and Vidas, and demanded of them the chests, and paid them the money, and asked them to forgive the deception of the sand, for it was done in a time of great need. They said they forgave him heartily, and held themselves well paid, and prayed God to grant him long life and good health, and to give him power to put down the pagans. When it was known in Burgos that the Cid had redeemed the chests of sand, the people held it for a great wonder, and throughout the town they talked of the gentleness and loyalty of the Cid.

Calvin Dill Wilson, The Story of the Cid: For Young People (Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1901), 186.

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 851


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