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CSM Number : 243
Short name: The Huntsmen who were Trapped under Ice Alternative: Hunters are trapped under ice
Incipit: Carreiras e semedeiros/ busca a Virgen Maria
Refrain: Carreiras e semedeiros/ busca a Virgen Maria/ pera fazer todavia/ seus miragres verdadeiros.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: near Vilasirga Protagonist(s): two falconers of King Alfonso X

Two falconers of Alfonso X were hunting with their birds near Vilasirga.

The hunters released the falcons on a riverbank.

The falcons struck some ducks, causing them to fall into the water. The river was partially frozen, and the ducks sank under the ice.

When the falconers saw this, they went out onto the ice to retrieve the ducks.

The ice broke under their weight and they were trapped beneath it. They stayed under the ice for quite a while, praying to the Virgin of Vilasirga.

The ice melted and the hunters escaped. They rode straight to Vilasirga where they praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 7' 7' 7' 7'
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: ABBA | ccca Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
E243
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
accident, duck , falcon, hunting, ice, king, knight, pilgrimage, river
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
3993
Bibliography
La sociedad medieval española reflejada en la obra de Alfonso el Sabio
González, Jr., Juan
Birds of Prey and the Dry Textbook: King Alfonso’s Laws, Science, and Cantigas of the Hunt
Seniff, Dennis P.
Cantigas de Santa Maria de Afonso X, O Sábio: aspectos culturais e literários
Vaz Leão, Angela