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|CSM Number : 297|
|Short name:||The Friar who Mocked a Statue of the Virgin||Alternative:||Friar scorns the King|
|Incipit:||Com’ é mui bõ’ a creença/ do que non vee om’ e cree|
|Refrain:||Com’ é mui bõ\' a creença/ do que non vee om’ e cree/ ben assi é mal creente/ de non creer o que vee.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||unspecified||Protagonist(s):||a friar and a king [Alfonso X]|
A king carried with him an image of the Virgin that performed many miracles every day.
A friar, who did not believe in God, mocked the image and said that anyone who believed in it was lacking in good sense.
He argued that there could be no power in sculpted wood since it could neither speak nor move. Furthermore, the friar accused the king of believing in idols.
The friar said these things standing in the presence of the king, who heard all of these insults.
The king grew angry and denounced the friar. He predicted that his affairs would go badly.
This came true; the friar always handled things very badly and was mad from that time forth.
|Stanza:||15' 15' 15' 15'||Refrain:||15' 15'|
|No. of Stanzas:||10|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|blasphemy, blindness, heretic, iconoclasts, idol, image (of Virgin Mary), insult, king, madness|
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|Alfonso X, compositor|
Ferreira, Manuel pedro
|Imágenes vivientes: idolatría y herejía en las Cantigas de Alfonso X|
García Avilés, Alejandro
|A Pretty Paella: The Alfonsine Cantigas de Santa Maria and the Connections with Other Repertories|