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The king, who had long since forgiven the Cid and learned to value his services, was very angry. A battle was finally arranged. The Counts of Carrion and their uncle were defeated and banished, and the Cid returned in triumph to Valencia. Here his daughters' second marriage took place.

The Moors returned five years later, and the Cid was prepared to meet them when he received a vision of St. Peter, predicting that he would die within thirty days, but that even though dead he would triumph over his enemy. He accordingly made preparations for his death, and after appointing a successor, he gave instructions that none should weep over his death, and that his body when embalmed should be set upon his horse, Babieça, and that, with his sword Tizona in his hand, he should be led on a certain day against the enemy.

The hero died and his successor together with his wife Ximena strove to carry out his instructions. A battle was planned, and the Cid, strapped upon his war horse, rode in the van. The Moors, filled with terror, fled before him.

After the victory the body was placed in the Church of San Pedro de Cardeña, where for ten years it remained seated, in plain view of all.

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Some of the earlier tales use Greek mythological names, while others use the Roman equivalent (for example, Poseidon or Neptune, Ares or Mars). Some Greek names use a Latin spelling (for example, Thermiscira rather than Thermiscyra), or have differing spelling in different tales (for example Hera and Heré). These have been left unchanged, except where there was an obvious error.

List of Amendments:

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Page 35—Petraus amended to Petraeus—"... pierced a mighty Centaur, Petraeus, ..."

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Page 134—Agammenon amended to Agamemnon—"Then said King Agamemnon, "But how ...""

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