What a hero for Spain, for Europe.
Just imagine if El Cid had not sacrificed so much no recapture Spain:
- The Hispanisation of the Americas would never have happened (leaving those peoples to human sacrifice and evil paganism).
- The Hapsburgs (via Don Juan of Austria) would not have led the Papal, and especially the feuding Genoese and Venetian forces at the Battle of Lepanto to save Europe from Turkish piracy and (literal) slavery.
- The Spaniards would not have led the Counter Reformation at the Council of Trent (which codified the Tridentine/Latin Mass of All Time) and through their example and zeal for the Truth, winning back whole nations such as Poland and Hungary.
Some people seem to think of the Spanish as a lazy people, with their siestas and warm climes. Yet without them Europe would be by far the poorer, and Catholicism especially would have very many fewer souls under its care and protection.
So Hurrah for El Cid!
And OK... hurrah for Charlton Heston too.