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CSM Number : 107
Short name: The Jewish Woman who was Thrown from a Cliff Alternative: Marisaltos (The Jewish woman thrown from the cliff)
Incipit: Quen crever na Virgen santa
Refrain: Quen crever na Virgen santa/ ena coita valer-ll-á
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Segovia Protagonist(s): a Jewish woman

In Segovia, a Jewish woman committed a crime and was arrested. She was taken to a high cliff and was about to be thrown over.

She called on the Virgin, promising to become a Christian if Mary would preserve her.

The Jews pushed her over the cliff, but the Virgin came to her aid. The woman was not dashed on the rocks, but fell, unharmed, at the foot of a fig tree.

She jumped up and began to praise the Virgin.

Then she went to the church and saw a great crowd of people whom she told her story.

She was baptised straightaway.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7' 7' 7' 7 Refrain: 7' 7
No. of Stanzas: 14
Rhyme scheme: AB | cccb Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T107, E107
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
baptism, conversion, execution, fall (from cliff), Jews
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
3824
Bibliography
The Jew in the Cántigas of Alfonso X, el Sabio
Bagby, Albert
Marisaltos: Artificial Purification in Alfonso el Sabio’s Cantiga 107
Benaim de Lasry, Anita
’La Arquitectura desde la Miniatura’, una aproximación desde la Baja Edad Media castellana
Chico Picaza, María Victoria
Seis estampas de la vida segoviana del siglo XIII
Contreras y López de Ayala, Juan [Marqués de Lozoya]
La judería de Segovia
Fita, Fidel
La Cantiga CVII o de Mari Saltos
Fradejas Lebrero, José
Los poetas del Guadiana a Alfonso el Sabio
Gonzalez Lara, José, director de publicación
Anti-Semitism in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Hatton, Vikki, and Angus MacKay
A Note on King Alfonso’s Use of Popular Themes in his Cantigas
Keller, John Esten
Daily Living as Presented in the Canticles of Alfonso the Learned
Keller, John Esten
Folklore in the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio
Keller, John Esten
Miracle of the Jewess Thrown from an High Cliff: Miracle 107 of the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Keller, John Esten
Alfonso X, el Sabio
Keller, John Esten
Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X el Sabio, rey de Castilla
López Serrano, Matilde
Las Cantigas de Santa Maria del Rey Alfonso el Sabio
Martínez Molina, Laura
The Beautiful Jewess: Marisaltos in Alfonso X’s Cantiga 107
Mirrer, Louise
Women, Jews, and Muslims in the Texts of Reconquest Castile
Mirrer, Louise
A estructura métrica de algunas das Cantigas de Santa Maria
Montero Santalha, José-Martinho
Constructing the Inimical Jew in the Cantigas de Santa Maria: Theophilus' Magician in Text and Image
Patton, Pamela A.
Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain
Patton, Pamela A.
Alcalá Yáñez y su obra ’Milagros de N.a S.a de la Fuencisla’
Prieto De La Iglesia, Maria Remedios
La Cantiga 107 de Alfonso X y el proceso de transformación de la leyenda de María del Salto
Prieto de la Iglesia, Remedios and Ana Belén Sánchez Prieto
La dialéctica texto-imagen. A propósito de la representación del judío en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X
Rodríguez Barral, Paulino
Alfonso X, el rey sabio ¿tolerante con la minoría judía? Una lectura emblemática de las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Roitman, Gisela
Seis estampas de la vida segoviana del siglo XIII
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
La pecadora penitente en el teatro español: Sus fuentes y evolución
Sánchez Castañer y Mena, Francisco
Alfonso X el Sabio, siglo XIII
Sánchez Pérez, José Augusto
Os judeus na Espanha do século XIII, segundo as Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X o Sábio
Teensma, B. N.
Marisaltos and the ’Salt de la Bella Donna’
Tinnell, Roger D.