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CSM Number : 208
Short name: The Heretic who Placed a Host in a Beehive Alternative: Hostia in alvearium proiecta
Incipit: Aquele que ena Virgen/ carne por seer veudo/ fillou
Refrain: Aquele que ena Virgen/ carne por seer veudo/ fillou, ja per ren non pode/ seer nenllur ascondudo.
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Setting: Toulouse Protagonist(s): a heretic

There used to be many heretics in Toulouse. Although they didn’t believe in God or the Virgin, to disguise their apostasy, they attended mass and took communion.

One Easter, a heretic took communion and hid the consecrated host in his mouth.

He stuck it in a beehive in his orchard and charged the bees to eat it.

When the time came to extract the honey, he opened the hive. Inside he saw a chapel with an altar on which a statue of the Virgin was enshrined. He smelled an odour so fragrant that he converted on the spot.

He went to the bishop, confessed his sins in front of the clergy, and told them about the miracle.

They went in a procession to examine the beehive and marvelled at it. Then they carried the chapel back to the cathedral so that the miracle would be widely known.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F94, E208
Poncelet reference
Alius quidam ruricola, dum ad cuiusdam sortiarii sibilos (65)
Keywords
beehive, bees, bishop, Easter, Eucharist, heretic, host, image (of Virgin Mary), procession
Discography
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Miracle Collection
BITAGAP ID
3961
Bibliography
Heretics and Infidels: the Cantigas de Santa María as Ideological Instrument of Cultural Codfication
Bollo Panadero, María Dolores
Fuentes germánicas en las ’Cantigas de Santa Maria’ de Alfonso X el Sabio
Ferreiro Alemparte, Jaime
Itinéraire espagnol du conte médiéval (VIIIs-XVs)
Marsan, Rameline E.
Os judeus na Espanha do século XIII, segundo as Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X o Sábio
Teensma, B. N.
Las Cantigas del Rey Sabio
Valera, Juan