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|CSM Number : 85|
|Short name:||The Jew who was Delivered from Thieves||Alternative:||Vision Seen by a Jew in England|
|Incipit:||Pera toller gran perfia|
|Refrain:||Pera toller gran perfia/ ben dos corações/ demostra Santa Maria/ sas grandes visiões.|
|Summary of narrative|
A Jewish man was captured and tortured by Christian thieves.\r\nTo extort money from him, they tied him up and held him hostage in a big, old house. They fed him only enough bread and water to keep him alive.
The man fell asleep and saw the Virgin in a dream. She freed him from his bonds and cured his wounds.\r\nWhen he woke up, he realised that the Virgin was, indeed, standing there. He asked her to identify herself and she told him that she was the one whom the Jews despise.
The Virgin led the Jew from the house and took him to a high mountain. She showed him a valley full of dragons and other devils. These devils were torturing the souls of Jews. When he saw this he was terrified.
Then the Virgin took him to another high mountain where Christ was seated, surrounded by singing angels. The Jew also saw a great host of saints.
The Virgin told him that he could join them, if he would believe in Christ, eat suckling pig, and stop cutting goats’ throats. Then she went away.
The Jew made his way to a monastery. He was given food and, after he had reported what had happened to him, was baptised by the abbot.\r\nThe miracle was proclaimed throughout the land.
|Stanza:||13' 13' 13' 13'||Refrain:||7' 5' 7' 5'|
|No. of Stanzas:||14|
|Rhyme scheme:||ABAB | ccbb||Zejel:||Yes|
|Legitur in Mariali magno quod fuit quidam Iudaeus in Londonia, qui per viam incedens (982)|
|abbot, angels, apparition, baptism, conversion, devils, dream, heaven, hell, imprisonment, Jews, kidnap, monastery, Saints (other), thief/ thieves, torture, vision|
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|Vision Seen by a Jew in England||Vincent de Beauvais
|Vision Seen by a Jew in England||Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
|Vision Seen by a Jew in England||BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
|Vision Seen by a Jew in England||Jean Gobi
|Vision Seen by a Jew in England||Li Miracoli de Senta Maria
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|Alfonso X, el rey sabio ¿tolerante con la minoría judía? Una lectura emblemática de las Cantigas de Santa Maria|
|Os judeus na Espanha do século XIII, segundo as Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X o Sábio|
Teensma, B. N.
|Alfonso X, el Sabio|
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