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CSM Number : 329
Short name: The Moor who Stole Coins from the Virgin’s Altar Alternative: Moor steals coins from altar (Tudia)
Incipit: Muito per é gran dereito
Refrain: Muito per é gran dereito/ de castigado seer/ quen s’ atrev’ ao da Virgen/ pera furtar con tanger.
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Setting: Tudia Protagonist(s): a band of Moors

A large army of Moors invaded the land around Tudia and amassed a great deal of booty.

They set up camp at the Virgin’s church.

They took some gold coins, which they had pilfered, and placed them on the Virgin’s altar. They did this because they believe that Mary was a perpetual Virgin, impregnated by the Holy Spirit. This is written in the Koran, which Mohammed gave them. Each of the Moors placed something on the Virgin’s altar and prayed there.

One of them lingered in the church after the others had gone. He stole the offerings and tried to leave. Before he could get out the door, he was blinded and paralysed.

Thinking the Christians may have captured him, his companions looked for him. They found him in the church, blind and hard as a rock. They saw that the offerings were gone and found them in his possession.

When they returned the offerings to the altar, the Moor got up and recovered his sight. The miracle was reported as far as Suz, and the Moors told it to the Christians.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 15
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
E329
Poncelet reference
None
Keywords
altar, blindness, booty, coins , gold, Muhammad, money (offering of), Muslims/Moors, offerings, paralysis, pillage, Quran, virginity, warfare
Discography
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BITAGAP ID
4083
Bibliography
A inserción do ’verbo antigo’ na literatura medieval
Filgueira Valverde, José
Tres topónimos en las Cantigas de Santa María
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
El frustrado cerco de Marrakech
Montoya Martínez, Jesús