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CSM Number : 194
Short name: The Robbed Minstrel
Incipit: Como o nome da Virgen/ é aos bõos fremoso
Refrain: Como o nome da Virgen/ é aos bõos fremoso/ assi é contra os maos/ mui fort’ e mui temeroso.
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Setting: Catalonia Protagonist(s): a minstrel

There was a minstrel who sang well and travelled from court to court, earning his living.

One day, he came to the house of a greedy knight. The knight envied the minstrel’s donkey and clothes, and ordered one of his men to accost him as he travelled through the mountains.

The man was happy to oblige his master, because committing evil deeds was his favourite hobby.

He and a companion lay in wait for the minstrel who soon came along. They robbed him of his possessions and then decided to cut off his head.

As they were casting lots and arguing about which one of them should kill him, the minstrel cried out to the Virgin to defend him.

The two men tried to run away but they were paralyzed instantly. When the minstrel saw that his assailants could not speak or move, he recovered his things and went on his way, praising the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T194, E194
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
ambush, assault, behead, greed, knight, jealousy, loss (of sensation), minstrel, mute, name (of Virgin Mary), thief/ thieves
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
3947
Bibliography
Poesía juglaresca y juglares: aspectos de la historia literaria y cultural de España
Menéndez Pidal, Ramón