Featured Heroine: Urraca of Zamora

Note: this article is about the character in Amazon Prime’s El Cid TV show, not the historical figure.

Yesterday I finished watching the second season of Amazon Prime’s Spanish series El Cid (titled The Legend of El Cid in English), which stars Jaime Lorente as the titular hero, a Castilian knight who won renown in medieval Spain. Like all TV shows that are based on human history, I’m sure that there are many who decry the historical inaccuracies in El Cid, but for me it was a thoroughly exciting show which features heaps of medieval military action and political intrigue, plus a bit of sex/romance as well. El Cid himself is portrayed as a brooding and overly intense young warrior, which does not really appeal to me all that much, but I was fascinated by the character of Urraca of Zamora (played by Spanish actress Alicia Sanz), the eldest of the five children of King Fernando I of Leon.

The only real point of reference I have for El Cid (and therefore of Urraca), is the 1961 Hollywood film, also titled El Cid, starring Charlton Heston. In that film, Urraca (played by French actress Geneviève Page) is portrayed as a conniving, manipulative individual, and thus one of El Cid’s main antagonists. In Amazon’s El Cid, Urraca is also portrayed in this way, at least initially. I don’t want to say too much that might spoil certain parts of the show, but by the end of the second season, she becomes quite admirable and even takes part in a battle herself. Mind you, I liked Urraca from the very beginning. Being so confident and fearless, I think it’d be hard for anybody not to like her at least a little bit. On top of that, of course, she is played by the gorgeous Ms Sanz, who I think is a very good actress.😊

I’m not sure if Amazon has a third season for El Cid in the works or not, but I certainly would like to see more of Urraca of Zamora in action. Incidentally, the image at the top of this article of Ms Sanz in her combat outfit is from an article posted in June on Cosmopolitan magazine’s Spanish edition. I can’t say it’s the exact outfit she wore onscreen, but if it’s not, it’s certainly one that is very similar.