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|CSM Number : 294|
|Short name:||The Gambling Woman who Threw a Stone at a Statue of the Christ Child||Alternative:||Gambler throws stone at statue (Apulia)|
|Incipit:||Non é mui gran maravilla/ seeren obedientes|
|Refrain:||Non é mui gran maravilla/ seeren obedientes/ os angeos aa Madre/ daquel cujos son sergentes.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Apulia||Protagonist(s):||a German woman|
In Apulia on the Virgin’s feast day, a German woman was playing dice in front of a church dedicated to the Virgin.
She began to lose the game and became furious.
She picked up a rock and threw it at a stone statue of the Virgin and Child placed above the doorway. Stone angels flanked the image. Each held a book in one hand and rested the other on its breast.
When the woman threw the rock, one of the angels raised its hand to intercept the blow. Nevertheless, its arm was undamaged.
Seeing this, the people seized the woman and cast her into a fire.
From that time forth, the angel’s hand remained outstretched just as it had been to protect the statue. From then on, the statue was valued even more highly than it had been before.
|Stanza:||15' 15' 15' 15'||Refrain:||15' 15'|
|No. of Stanzas:||8|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|burning, dice, execution, feast day, gambling, iconoclasts, image (of angels), image (of Virgin Mary), madness|
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|La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III|
|’Alea jacta est’: at the gaming table with Alfonso the Learned|
Carpenter, Dwayne E.
|La sociedad medieval española reflejada en la obra de Alfonso el Sabio|
González, Jr., Juan
|Palabra e imagen. Dos cantigas de Santa María|
Hernán-Gómez Prieto, Beatriz
|Viaje a Italia a través de las Cantigas Historiadas de Alfonso X el Sabio|
Molina López, Laura
|The Miracles Came in Two by Two: Paired Narratives in the Cantigas de Santa Maria|
|Literatura galega medieval. I. A história. II. Antoloxia de textos comentados (lírica e prosa)|
Pena, Xosé Ramón
|’E dest’un mui gran miragre vos contarei que oy’: Oralidad y textualidad en las Cantigas de Santa Maria|
|’Virgo Antiludens’: Xogos de azar, blasfémia e castigo nas Cantigas de Santa María de Afonso X o Sabio|
Ventura Ruiz, Joaquim