FIU History the Epic of the Cid
Assignment: Write a paper (1300-1500 words) with a thesis statement and argument backed up with evidence from the primary source you have just finished reading, The Epic of the Cid. Note, you are responsible for book 1-3 of The Cid, not the additional texts. You must draw from the text itself and not just the introduction.
Your paper will be a response to one of the questions provided, with your answer serving as your thesis statement. the text is available for purchase online here (Links to an external site.) or as a limited (not complete) preview here (Links to an external site.).
We typically think about knights in terms of (1) military performance, (2) his relationship with his lord, or (3) his relationship with the women in his life. Focus on one of these three areas. Why is the Cid an ideal knight? That is, what one thing does he do over and over that makes him ideal?
Some have argued that the Cid, Ryu Diaz de Vivar, is a hero of a unified Christian Spain, whose goal is to fight against and win land from Muslims. Why is this argument wrong?
HINT: In both of these questions, but especially the second, keep in mind that the question is about how people at the time of the Cid saw the world around them. In particular, keep in mind that what you believe a good Christian is, or how a good Christian act, might be very different from what people believed nearly 1000 years ago.
Citing Evidence: It is important for you to ground your argument in evidence from both primary sources. Incorporate the source material into your own writing by paraphrasing or quoting.
Because your references should be confined to class readings, you may use parenthetical citation, rather than the Chicago style citation historians prefer. That is, cite as follows: (Cid, p. 12). I discourage you from using sources beyond The Cid. Instead, concentrate on writing a good argument.
Audience: Assume that you are writing for one of your classmates, who has attended this class and read the book but focused on a different topic.
Resources: Keep in mind that there are several resources available to you as you write:
Your writing assistants are your best resource. They’ve been attending class and are familiar with both the materials and the writing guidelines.
I am happy to talk with you about ideas or organization. Once you have a draft (even a rough draft), I am also happy to look that offer suggestions on how to make the paper stronger. I do ask for 48 hours turn-around time to get it back to you.
The History Writing Tutors (Links to an external site.) are freely available and can help with all aspects of writing.
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