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CSM Number : 46
Short name: The Moor who Venerated an Image of the Virgin Mary Alternative: Saracen and Mary Image
Incipit: Porque ajan de seer/ seus miragres mais sabudos
Refrain: Porque ajan de seer/ seus miragres mais sabudos/ da Virgen, deles fazer/ vai ant’ omees descreudos.
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Setting: Ultramar Protagonist(s): a Moor

A Moor made war on Christians and won a great booty.

He divided the spoils, keeping for himself an image of the Virgin, which he put in a high place and dressed in gold garments.

He often gazed at it, but could not overcome his doubts about the Incarnation.

He vowed that if God would make himself known, he would convert to Christianity.

No sooner had he spoken, than the image’s breasts turned to flesh and milk began to flow from them.

When the Moor saw this he wept, summoned a priest, and was baptised. Many other Moors were also converted.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7' Refrain: 7 7' 7 7'
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: ABAB | cdcdcddb Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T46, E46, To59
Poncelet reference
Contigit Saracenum quendam habuisse imaginem (236)
Keywords
baptism, booty, breast, conversion, image (of Virgin Mary), incarnation, milk (of image of Virgin Mary), milk (of Virgin Mary), Muslims/Moors, stain, warfare
Discography
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Miracle Collection
Saracen and Mary Image Vincent de Beauvais
Saracen and Mary Image John of Garland
Saracen and Mary Image Gautier de Coinci
Saracen and Mary Image Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
Saracen and Mary Image Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
BITAGAP ID
3763
Bibliography
The Cantigas, or ’Songs of Praise of St. Mary’
Burns, Robert I.
Iconos dentro de la miniaturas de las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Corti, Francisco
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
El arte mayor de Juan de Mena
Hanssen, Friedrich
Las Cantigas de Santa Maria del Rey Alfonso el Sabio
Martínez Molina, Laura
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain
Patton, Pamela A.
De música y métrica gallegas
Ribera y Tarragó, Julián
Alfonso X el Sabio y la pintura sobre tabla
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier