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CSM Number : 32
Short name: The Priest who Only Knew One Mass
Incipit: Quen loar podia
Refrain: Quen loar podia/ com’ ela querria/ a madre de quen/ o mundo fez seria de bon sen.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): an ignorant priest

A priest only knew how to say the mass of the Virgin; he could say no other “well or badly.”

This was reported to the bishop who summoned him.

The bishop asked him if this was true and the priest admitted it.

The bishop commanded the priest to leave the city and go into exile.

That night, the Virgin appeared to the bishop and commanded him to reinstate the priest. She told him that if he did not do so he would die within thirty days and go to hell.

The bishop got up early, gave the priest a double ration, and told him that it was fitting for him to continue to say the mass of the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 5’ 5’ 5’ 5’ 5’ 5’ 5 10 [4’ 5] Refrain: 5’ 5’ 5 10
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: AABB | ncncccbb Zejel:
MS locations:
T32, E32, To34
Poncelet reference
Agrestis simplicitatis erat presbyter, litterarum omnifariam (40)
Keywords
apparition, bishop, excommunication, exile , mass, priest
Discography
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Miracle Collection
Priest of One Mass Pez
Priest of One Mass Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
Priest of One Mass Phillips
(Chicago, University of Chicago, Phillipps MS 25142)
Priest of One Mass Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
Priest of One Mass Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass John of Garland
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass Legenda Aurea (Voragine)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass Gonzalo de Berceo
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass Madrid Mariale
(Madrid, B.N., MS 110)
Priest of One Mass Gautier de Coinci
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass William of Malmesbury
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass Nigel of Canterbury
(London, BL, MS Cotton Vespasian D.xix)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
Du prestre qui ne savoit chantier fors de Nostre Dame (Chartres) Jean le Marchant
(Chartres MS 1027)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass Vendôme Collection
(Vendôme, Bibliothèque Publique MS 185)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass Johannes Herolt
Of a feeble-minded priest, who was degraded by S. Thomas of Canterbury Caesarius of Heisterbach
Of a priest of Dern, deposed because he was half-witted Caesarius of Heisterbach
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
The Priest Who Only Knew One Mass BL Mariale 1
(Cotton Cleopatra C.x., ff. 101-144v)
BITAGAP ID
3749
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Aubry, Pierre
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