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CSM Number : 68
Short name: The Wife and the Mistress Alternative: Wife and Mistress
Incipit: A Groriosa grandes faz / miragres por dar a nos paz
Refrain: A Groriosa grandes faz/ miragres por dar a nos paz.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Arras Protagonist(s): a merchant’s wife and his mistress

A merchant’s wife realised that he had taken a mistress.

She prayed to the Virgin to cause her rival misfortune.

The Virgin appeared to her in a vision. She told her that she would not grant her request because the mistress prayed faithfully to her, bowing a hundred times and touching her face to the ground.

The woman woke up and went out. In the street, she encountered her rival.

The mistress told her that she had been tempted by the devil and begged her forgiveness.

The two women were reconciled, although they had once despised one another.

Metrical data
Stanza: 8 8 8 8 Refrain: 8 8
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T68, E68, To68
Poncelet reference
Alio autem tempore in eodem vico manebat quidam plebeiae (44)
Keywords
adultery, apparition, enemies (reconciliation of), jealousy, mistress, rivals
Discography
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Miracle Collection
Wife and Mistress Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
Wife and Mistress Vincent de Beauvais
Wife and Mistress BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
Wife and Mistress Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
Wife and Mistress Gautier de Coinci
Wife and Mistress Adgar
(London, BL, Egerton 612)
Wife and Mistress BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
Wife and Mistress Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
Wife and Mistress Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
Wife and Mistress BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
Wife and Mistress Jean Gobi
Wife and Mistress Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
Wife and Mistress Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
Wife and Mistress Johannes Herolt
Wife and Mistress Cornell Mariale
(Cornell, MS B.14)
Wife and Mistress Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
Wife and Mistress Paris Mariale 1
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale 14463)
The Wife and the Mistress Walter of Cluny
BITAGAP ID
3785
Bibliography
Un recull de miracles de Santa Maria, procedent de Ripoll, i les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Gualterus de Cluny, las 'Cantigas', y el niño que ofrece pan a Cristo: reconsideración de una antigua colección de milagros marianos
DiSalvo, Santiago
Las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Filgueira Valverde, José
O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria
Martins, Mário
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
Valor de la música de las Cantigas
Ribera y Tarragó, Julián
La pecadora penitente en el teatro español: Sus fuentes y evolución
Sánchez Castañer y Mena, Francisco
Recordings of Las [sic] Cantigas de Santa Maria Contained in the Facsimile Edition Published by Edilán (Madrid 1979)
Tinnell, Roger D.