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CSM Number : 94
Short name: The Nun who Ran Away with a Knight Alternative: Beatrix custos seu sacrista
Incipit: De vergonna nos guardar/ punna todavia
Refrain: De vergonna nos guardar/ punna todavia/ e de falir e d’ errar/ a Virgen Maria.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a nun, the treasurer of a convent

A nun, the treasurer of a convent, fell in love with a knight and decided to leave.

Before she departed, she prayed to the Virgin. She commended herself to her and left her keys on the altar.

She lived with the knight for years and they had several children. The Virgin diligently performed the nun’s duties in her absence.

Eventually, the nun repented, left the knight, and went back to the convent.

She found her former clothes and her keys where she had left them.

She told the nuns what had transpired and to prove it, had the knight summoned. The nuns were impressed and began to sing.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7 7 7' 7 7 7' 7 5' 7 5' Refrain: 7 5' 7 5'
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: ABAB | ccdccdabab Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T94, E94, To31
Poncelet reference
Clericus quidam monialem sacristanam de peccato diu (194)
Keywords
convent, elope, impersonation, key, knight, nun, Saint John, treasurer
Discography
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Miracle Collection
The Nun Who Saw the World [Beatrice; B.V. takes nun's place] Gautier de Coinci
The Nun Who Saw the World [Beatrice; B.V. takes nun's place] Adgar
(London, BL, Egerton 612)
The Nun Who Saw the World [Beatrice; B.V. takes nun's place] Vendôme Collection
(Vendôme, Bibliothèque Publique MS 185)
The Nun Who Saw the World [Beatrice; B.V. takes nun's place] Johannes Herolt
Beatrice the Sacristan Caesarius of Heisterbach
The Nun Who Saw the World [Beatrice; B.V. takes nun's place] Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
BITAGAP ID
3811
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