Mudarra the Bastard and the legend of Seven Infants of Lara (Castile, Spain, X century)
The Seven Infants were trained in cavalry arts by their master Muño Sabido. All of them took active part in the Reconquest, that period of seven centuries during which Christians and Muslims were in continuous war. The story starts up with an accident. During a wedding, one of infants killed a Doña Lambra’s relative. Ruy Velázquez, husband of Doña Lambra, is persuaded by her to revenge this offence. Gonzalo Gustioz and his sons would be victims of a double treachery. Gonzalo is sent by Ruy Velázquez to Cordoba, at that time capital of Independent Caliphate, carrying a letter written in Arabic addressed to Almanzor, one of the more important and powerful characters in the Caliphate. Father and sons did not share the same fate. Almanzor did not murder Gonzalo Gustioz, but he was imprisoned in Cordoba. Seven Infants and their master were beheaded. Their heads were taken to Cordoba in order to be displayed in public. Almanzor shows the heads to Gonzalo, who recognizes them, weeping with emotion. Almanzor pitied him and asks his sister to console the christian prisoner. Almanzor’s sister and Gonzalo had a son, named Mudarra. Gonzalo is released and returns to Salas. Mudarra is brought up in Cordoba, but years later he met his father, in Salas. This bastard son ended up revenging the death of his brothers, killing Ruy Velazquez.
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