"Tuve que aprender a montar a caballo al estilo medieval, de lado. Nunca lo había hecho y fue un reto para mí... tuve que aprender a lanzar tiro con arco... Muchas cosas que no hubiera hecho si no hubiera interpretado a Urraca"- Alicia Sanz
Hey there, I'm really glad you're back, you're definitely one of my favourite blogs! Just wanted to ask if you've seen the Spanish show El Cid, it's really good and it's got a highly shippable brother/sister, canonical couple. I don't know if you're big into medieval intrigue and stuff but the characters are both super interesting and compliment each other so well. I ship them so hard and there's no-one I can gush about them to without looking crazy haha
I am sorry it took me so long to answer this, Anon, but I kept putting it off because I knew it would take me a little longer to answer BECAUSE I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT IT.
El Cid (2020-)
It's on Amazon Prime, so that should make it easy viewing for a lot of us. It looks like there are two short seasons and 10 episodes total.
The story of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, a Castilian nobleman and war hero in medieval Spain.
Since it's about El Cid, I'm guessing the siblings in question are Alfonso and Urraca?
New canon that is shippable? That is soooooo wonderful. I love what you've said about them.
I could find zero pictures of these two (where I was sure it was them), but I did find two fanvids!
It seems like this might be them:
Somebody let me know asap if Urraca and Alfonso are NOT the canon siblings in this series, please. Because I went ahead and tagged with that.
There's an old movie from the 1960s about El Cid which I think has canon incest as well. I've got it in my giant queue of canon things to watch but I haven't gotten there yet.
Just me sitting alone in tumblr aware that no one is watching "El Cid" besides me 🤘
After season 2, am I the only one kind of shipping Ruy and Urraca. Cause since season 1 I’ve felt like there was something there and season 2 definitely confirmed my suspicions and the last scene between them really has me hoping he will come back for her. Also never felt the chemistry between Jimena and him.
Currently watching "El Cid" and the impression one gets of Urraca is that it's been trying to make her a Cersei Lannister of her days.
A Storm of Swords, Daenerys IV (2000)
The Spanish Princess (2019—2020)
El Cid (2020—)
Urraca in CID (2020-?)
I just finished watching the second season of Amazon Spanish series CID and I have to say: Zamora no se rinde!
See, a lot of people are used to a specific kind of strong woman or female ruler (which is largely in part because of English and American dramas). Elizabeth I and her mother Anne Boleyn are the stereotypical mean girls but are presented as feminist heroines. When they're not, they're presented as the ones who paved the way for later women to take charge in their lives.
But you know what? ... after I've seen how Urraca was portrayed and her evolution thus far in the series, I admire her above the aforementioned. And if Mary I was portrayed in such a manner, people's view of her would not be so bias. Urraca suffered from similar bad press in her time and afterwards as Mary I did. The only difference is that it hasn't endured (as much) because the Tudors and Renaissance history have continued to be in the spotlight. Urraca and Mary's attitudes, and yes let's face it, elitism and sense of entitlement is very much the same. An entitlement I have to point out that was also shared by their siblings and (in Mary's case) half-siblings. And yet, they're capable of kindness, and have a strong religious fervor which fuels their ambition and determination. The way Urraca is portrayed is how Mary should be portrayed in all costume dramas. But I suspect that if she was, the desired result of perpetuating the view of Elizabeth I as the stronger woman wouldn't be as enduring.
I was worried in season one but season two shows an Urraca who doesn't like hurting people or plotting but to paraphrase Shakespeare's Richard III says in the eponymous play, if a villain one must be then what else is there? And yet, she is willing to go above and beyond for her loved ones. She has a conscience and she turns to prayer, holy scripture, canon and civic law to find ways out of complex situations. In the series, when she agreed to turn herself over to Sancho (knowing full well it will mean her death), she is stopped by her people. Impressed by her command and her decision to give up her life over resisting more and risking more of her people, they refuse to let her go and pledge to fight to the bitter end. Urraca nearly cries. I couldn't help but be reminded of Mary's leadership after the Dudley-Grey faction when they installed Jane Greg as their new monarch (dismissing Mary and Elizabeth altogether). She acted quickly, got people to rally to her which ultimately ended in her victory.
Of course the series does take significant liberties. However, I can forgive these because of the evolution of Urraca and other major players in the game of crowns.