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CSM Number : 81
Short name: The Woman whose Face was Healed Alternative: A woman whose nose was restored (Soissons)
Incipit: Par Deus, tal sennor muito val
Refrain: Par Deus, tal sennor muito val/ que toda door toll’ e mal.
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Setting: unspecified [but this miracle is told by Hugo Farsitus in connection with Soissons] Protagonist(s): a woman named Gondianda

A woman, named Gondianda, was stricken with St Martial’s fire.

The disease damaged her face so badly that she covered it with a veil.

She prayed to the Virgin to cure her.

The Virgin restored the flesh that had been eaten away.

Her face became smooth and returned to its natural colour.

Everyone, weeping, praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7 5' 7 5' 2 8 Refrain: 8 8
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: AA | bcbcaa Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T81, E81, To48
Poncelet reference
Cum quaedam mulier habens in naso et labiis ignem sacrum (294)
face, Saint Martial’s fire, veil
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Miracle Collection
A woman whose nose was restored (Soissons) Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
A woman whose nose was restored (Soissons) Hugo Farsitus
A woman whose nose was restored (Soissons) Vincent de Beauvais
A woman whose nose was restored (Soissons) Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
A woman whose nose was restored (Soissons) Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
A woman whose nose was restored (Soissons) John of Garland
A woman whose nose was restored (Soissons) Gautier de Coinci
De Gondree et comment Notre Dame se apela dame de Chartres Jean le Marchant
(Chartres MS 1027)
De Gondree et comment Notre Dame se apela dame de Chartres Chartres
(Rome, Vatican, MS Regina 339, ff. 55-69)
The Woman whose Face was Healed Walter of Cluny
Gautier de Coinci est-il un compositeur?
Billiet, Frédéric
Narrativa visual de la enfermedad en las Cantigas de Santa María
Corti, Francisco
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
Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Fita, Fidel
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
Cantigas de Santa Maria (trans.)
Rameh, Cléa
La ’Cantiga 81’ de Alfonso X y el ’Milagro I’ de Jean le Marchant
Roux, Susana
Cantigas de Santa Maria de Afonso X, O Sábio: aspectos culturais e literários
Vaz Leão, Angela