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CSM Number : 169
Short name: The Church at Arreixaca is Protected by the Virgin Alternative: Moors cannot destroy Church (Murcia)
Incipit: A que por nos salvar/ fezo Deus Madr’ e Filla
Refrain: A que por nos salvar/ fezo Deus Madr’ e Filla/ se se de nos onrrar/ quer non é maravilla.
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Setting: La Arrijaca, Murcia Protagonist(s): Alfonso X and the Moors of Murcia; King don Jaime of Aragón; mention of Genoese, Pisans and Sicilians

In the district of the Arrijaca, in Murcia, there was an ancient church dedicated to the Virgin. Men from Genoa, Pisa and Sicily went there to pray and make offerings.

The Moors were unable to harm the church, although it lay in their district.

They requested that Alfonso X remove the church, and he granted their plea. But it was to no avail.

Then they asked King don Jaime of Aragón to allow the church to be destroyed. Although he also consented, they were unable to do it.

Later on, they put the request to Alfonso X once again. He was reluctant to see the church destroyed because it had just been freshly painted, but he granted the request.

When the Moors asked their King if he would do the deed he refused, claiming that Mary deals harshly with those who displease her.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13 13 13 13' Refrain: 6 6' 6 6'
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: ABAB | cccb Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T169, E169
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
church (protection of), king, merchant, mosque, Muslims/Moors, nail(s), warfare
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
3920
Bibliography
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Alfonso X
Precedentes a la conquista portuguesa de Ceuta en 1415 (siglos XII-XIV)
Amrán, Rica
Alfonso X el Sabio
Ballesteros y Beretta, Antonio
’Textos de persecución’: formación ideológica y hegemonía en la literatura castellana de los siglos XII-XV
Bollo Panadero, María Dolores
The Cantigas, or ’Songs of Praise of St. Mary’
Burns, Robert I.
España en su historia: cristianos, moros y judíos
Castro, Américo
’La Arquitectura desde la Miniatura’, una aproximación desde la Baja Edad Media castellana
Chico Picaza, María Victoria
Tres Cantigas de la Arrixaca (De Alfonso X a Gerardo Diego)
Díez de Revenga, F. J.
Los poetas del Guadiana a Alfonso el Sabio
Gonzalez Lara, José, director de publicación
Cantiga 169
Guallar Pérez, Manuel
Las lámparas de Las [sic] Cantigas
Guerrero Lovillo, José
Muebles hispanoárabes en las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Guerrero Lovillo, José
Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X
Hanssen, Friedrich
Shields of faith: apotropaic images of the Virgin in Alfonso X\'s Cantigas de Santa María
Jackson, Deirdre Elizabeth
Alfonso X, el Sabio
Keller, John Esten
A Preliminary Bibliography of Medieval Galician-Portuguese Poetry in English Translation
Longland, Jean R.
La cantiga num. 169: Su puntuación; La iglesia de la Arreixaca (Murcia)
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
Algunas precisiones acerca de la puntuación de las Cantigas de Santa María
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
La Virgen de la Arrixaca y la Virgen de la Fuensanta
Ortega Pagán, Nicolás
Alfonso X of Castile: Patron of Literature and Learning
Procter, Evelyn S.
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
El obispado de Cartagena en el siglo XIII
Torres Fontes, Juan
La cultura murciana en el reinado de Alfonso X
Torres Fontes, Juan
Santa María de la Arrixaca de Murcia
Yelo Templado, Antonio