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|CSM Number : 181|
|Short name:||The Banner of the Virgin Defeats the Moors at Marrakesh||Alternative:||Virgin's banner frightens foe|
|Incipit:||Pero que seja a gente d’ outra lei e descreuda|
|Refrain:||Pero que seja a gente/ d’ outra lei e descreuda/ os que a Virgen mais aman/ a esses ela ajuda.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Marrakech||Protagonist(s):||the King of Marrakech and another king [identified in the rubric as Aboyuçaf]|
The King of Marrakech was at war with another king.
The other king had crossed the Morabe River with a huge army and had laid siege to the city.
The king of Marrakech was advised to go out from the city with his best warriors to do battle. He was to take the banner of Holy Mary and to be accompanied by Christians carrying crosses.
The King followed this advice, and when the banner of Holy Mary was unfurled, the army of the other king was defeated. Many of his men were killed and they lost their tents and possessions.
others, seeing the banner and crosses, fled in great haste.
In this way, the Virgin helped her friends, even though they were of another faith.
|Stanza:||15' 15' 15' 15'||Refrain:||15' 15'|
|No. of Stanzas:||8|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|banner (of Virgin Mary), cross, image (of Virgin Mary), king, Muslims/Moors, river, siege, warfare|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|The Cantigas, or ’Songs of Praise of St. Mary’|
Burns, Robert I.
|La guerra en Andalucía: Aproximaciones a la retórica visual de las Cantigas de Santa María|
|Da épica na Galicia medieval: Discurso de ingreso na Real Academia Gallega e resposta de Ramón Otero Pedrayo|
Filgueira Valverde, José and Ramón Otero Pedrayo
|La cantiga núm. 181 o el frustrado cerco a Marrakech (1261)|
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
|El frustrado cerco de Marrakech|
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
|Mother of God. A History of the Virgin Mary|