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Babieca, The Horse of the Cid. (Horse No. 8)

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Title: Babieca, The Horse of the Cid. (Horse No. 8)
Description: Cabell's label reads:

Babieca, The Horse of the Cid.
A gift from Wiglerus, Prince of Denmark.
--Hamlet Had an Uncle.                       8


Babieca (which means simpleton or stupid) was the great warhorse of El Cid. After his death, El Cid's body was tied onto Babieca and sent into battle to inspire his troops. Babieca thus carried El Cid "beyond death."

Wiglerus was Hamlet's uncle in Shakespeare's play. 
Hamlet Had an Uncle: A Comedy of Honor is a Shakeaspearean satire by James Branch Cabell (1940).
Citation:
“Babieca, The Horse of the Cid. (Horse No. 8),” VCU Libraries Gallery, accessed December 6, 2022, https://gallery.library.vcu.edu/items/show/79820.