UK£1m El Cid sword may be a forgery

A controversy has arisen over the authenticity of La Tizona, purported to be the sword of legendary Spanish hero El Cid. The sword was purchased recently for UK£1m by authorities in the Castilla Leon region, but others in the Culture Ministry claim that the sword is a fraud.

Experts from National Heritage, Madrid's Archaeological Museum and the Royal Academy of History have turned down purchase of the sword saying that it is worth only €300,000 but the Castilla Leon authorities plan to display the relic near the hero's tomb in Burgos cathedral.