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CSM Number : 122
Short name: The Infanta who was Brought back to Life Alternative: Infanta revived
Incipit: Miragres muitos pelos reis faz
Refrain: Miragres muitos pelos reis faz/ Santa Maria cada que lle praz.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Toledo Protagonist(s): a princess, daughter of King don Fernando

In Toledo, in the palace chapel, there was an image of the Virgin that the Emperor of Spain had had painted and King don Fernando had had repainted. It showed the Virgin lying down after Jesus’ birth.

A daughter was born to King don Fernando whom he vowed to the Virgin, promising that she would join the Cistercian order and enter the convent of Las Huelgas.

The Queen also wanted her to enter the convent, but the child became ill and died.

The Queen took the dead child and placed her at the feet of the image of the Virgin. She ordered everyone to leave the chapel, had the door fastened, and kept vigil outside. She maintained that the Virgin would restore her child to life, but vowed to wear mourning clothes if this was not to be. As soon as she had said these things, she heard her child cry.

The queen entered the chapel, embraced the child, and vowed to give gifts to every church dedicated to the Virgin “as far as Arras.”

Straightaway she took the child to Las Huelgas and gave her to the nuns.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10 10 10 10 Refrain: 10 10
No. of Stanzas: 13
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T122, E122
Poncelet reference
chapel (in castle), childbirth, children, Cistercians, convent, emperor, infanta, image (of Virgin Mary), key, king, novice, nun, nursemaid, queen, resurrection, vow
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El planto en la historia y en la literatura gallega
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Alfonso’s Miraculous Book: Patronage, Politics, and Performance in the ’Cantigas de Santa Maria’
Kennedy, Kirstin
Alfonso X, el Sabio. Biografía
Pérez Algar, Félix
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
Las Cantigas del Rey Sabio
Valera, Juan