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|CSM Number : 379|
|Short name:||The Attack of the Catalan Pirates||Alternative:||Catalonian pirate attack|
|Incipit:||A que defende do demo/ as almas dos pecadores|
|Refrain:||A que defende do demo/ as almas dos pecadores/ os seus defender ben pode/ d’ omes maos roubadores.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||Santa Maria do Porto||Protagonist(s):||merchants|
The King established the town of Santa Maria do Porto and ordered it to be settled. He invited merchants to come there. He sent out letters assuring them that their possessions would be safe and his men would not harrass them.
As a result, merchants came there from many places, including Genoa and even Chartres.
Nevertheless, some Catalonian pirates attacked a Moorish ship heading for Santa Maria do Porto. They killed many of the Moors, took others captive, and stole all of their goods. They had no reverence for the Virgin, although they were on her territory.
The Virgin, however, did not allow them to get away with this. She made a fierce storm rise up and the pirates were forced to go to Seville.
They returned the stolen goods to the King and remained there in his service because they did dare to not return home at that time.
Everyone who heard the news praised the Virgin because she protects her colonists and even extends mercy to the Moors.
|Stanza:||15' 15' 15' 15'||Refrain:||15' 15'|
|No. of Stanzas:||11|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|king, Muslims/Moors, pirates, storm, thief/ thieves, vow, merchant, booty|
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|Some Characterizations of the Moor in Alfonso X’s Cantigas|
|Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X|
|Los orígenes del culto de Santa María del Puerto, 1255-1500|
Hisan, Pedro (pseud.) [ = Sancho de Sopranís, Hipólito]
|Alfonso X y las Cantigas a Santa Maria|
Martínez Alfonso, Manuel
|Historia del Puerto de Santa María|
Sancho Mayi [Sopranís], Hipólito