A marginal sketch in BL, Additional Ms. 25690, the Cronica del Cid Campeador, and the legend of the 'Jura de Santa Gadea'
ADDITIONAL MS. 25690 is a copy ofthe Cronica del Cid, incomplete at the end and with some dislocation in the sequence of the text. This chronicle circulated in printed editions from 1512. The MS. is briefly described by Gayangos, who assigns it to the fifteenth century and is ofthe opinion that its text predates the printed tradition; but one interesting feature apparently not noticed is that among the later marginalia are several sketches. Although most of these are crude outlines, on one folio several phases can be distinguished in the drawings (fig. i), the earliest of which are more finely executed. The latter are also closely related to the text of the chronicle in such a way as to suggest that the artist involved was aware of an alternative version of the events described at that point, possibly through a ballad.