Department or Program


Additional Department or Program (if any)

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Elena Gascón-Vera


Thieves and mercenaries are not typical inspiration for national identity, and yet in England and Spain, two such figures have been elevated through the passage of time to the position of national hero. Robin Hood, as most of us know, is traditionally known as an outlaw who hides in the forest and steals from rich passerby. The Cid is known as a champion of Christian values, though the real man was willing to fight for both Christians and Muslims alike. For my senior thesis, I chose to compare these two figures in an attempt to see what makes a national hero, and how the legends surrounding these two men have changed in order to allow them to remain sources of national identity and pride.