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Author: Keller, John Esten
Title: King Alfonso’s Virgin of Villa-Sirga, Rival of St. James of Compostela
Date: 1959
Publication details: Middle Ages - Reformation - Volkskunde: Festschrift for John G. Kunstmann. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1959, 75-81.rnSnow 2007 gives pages as 1-8, while Snow 1977 agrees with above.rnAdditional publ. details from Snow 2007: Festschrift for John G. Kunstmann; rpt in Collectanea Hispanica: Folklore and Brief Narrative Studies by John Esten Keller, ed. D.P. Seniff (Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 1987), 61-8.
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Commentary: Notes from Snow 1977, no. 273rn"A claim is made-through the examples of CSM 218, 253, and 278 that Alfonso may be responsible for originating the decline of the cult of Santiago in Spain. In each of these poems Santa Maria de Vila Sirga (to whom fourteen cantigas are dedicated) is the beneficiary of such a decline. In Alfonso's time, her cult was flourishing grandly. Generally the texts will support K.'s thesis, except, I believe, in his concluding remarks on cantiga 253."
Associated Poems: 218 - The German Merchant who was Healed
253 - The Pilgrim’s Iron Staff
278 - The Blind Pilgrim to Santiago who was Healed at Vilasirga
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