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|CSM Number : 76|
|Short name:||The Image of the Christ Child that was Held for Ransom||Alternative:||Christ-Child Seized as Pledge|
|Incipit:||Quen as sas figuras da Virgen partir|
|Refrain:||Quen as sas figuras da Virgen partir/ quer das de seu Fillo, fol é sen mentir.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||unspecified||Protagonist(s):||a woman and her adult son|
A woman had a son who was a brawler, gambler, and a thief.
A judge found the youth with stolen goods and sent him to the gallows.
The grief-stricken woman went into a church dedicated to the Virgin.
She approached a statue of the Virgin and Child and snatched the infant Christ from his mother’s arms. She threatened to hold Christ hostage until the Virgin returned her own son alive and well.
The Virgin revived the rogue and he was united with his mother.
The woman returned the statue of Christ and joined a convent.
|Stanza:||13 13 11 11||Refrain:||11 11|
|No. of Stanzas:||8|
|Rhyme scheme:||AA | bbba||Zejel:||Yes|
|Femina quaedam simplicis et rectae vitae S. Mariam venerabatur (520)|
|execution, gallows, gambling, hanging, hostage (statue held), image (of Virgin Mary), judge, resurrection, thief/ thieves|
|Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem|
|Christ-Child Seized as Pledge||Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
|Christ Child Seized as a Pledge||Legenda Aurea (Voragine)
|Christ-Child Seized as Pledge||Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
|Christ Child Seized as a Pledge||Johannes Herolt
|Christ-Child Seized as Pledge||Li Miracoli de Senta Maria
|Christ Child Seized as a Pledge||Pseudo-Caesarius
|Imágenes de la Virgen en los códices medievales de España|
|Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]|
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
|Poesía juglaresca y juglares: aspectos de la historia literaria y cultural de España|
Menéndez Pidal, Ramón
|Alfonso X, el Sabio|
Valdeon Baruque, Julio