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CSM Number : 13
Short name: Elbo the Thief Alternative: Ebbo the Thief
Incipit: Assi como Jesucristo | estando na cruz salvou/ un ladron
Refrain: Assi como Jesucristo | estando na cruz salvou/ un ladron, assi sa madre | outro de morte livrou.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a thief named Elbo

A thief named Elbo always prayed to the Virgin and commended himself to her.

One day he was caught stealing and the magistrate ordered him to be hanged.

As Elbo was hanging on the gallows, the Virgin supported his feet so that he did not choke. He stayed on the gallows for three days.

The magistrate passed by, noticed the thief was still alive, and had the rope adjusted. The Virgin continued to protect Elbo.

The thief spoke to the magistrate and his men, explaining that the Virgin had been keeping him alive.

The magistrate praised the Virgin and had him taken down from the gallows. Elbo joined a monastery.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7] Refrain: 15 [7’ 7] 15 [7’ 7]
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: AA| bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
T13, E13, To14
Poncelet reference
Celeberrimae relatonis studio apud saeculares (163)
gallows, hanging, magistrate, thief/ thieves
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Miracle Collection
Ebbo the Thief Pez
Ebbo the Thief Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
Ebbo the Thief Phillips
(Chicago, University of Chicago, Phillipps MS 25142)
Ebbo the Thief Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
Ebbo the Thief BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
Ebbo the Thief Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
Ebbo the Thief John of Garland
Ebbo the Thief Legenda Aurea (Voragine)
Ebbo the Thief Gonzalo de Berceo
Ebbo the Thief Madrid Mariale
(Madrid, B.N., MS 110)
Ebbo the Thief Gautier de Coinci
Ebbo the Thief William of Malmesbury
Ebbo the Thief BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
Ebbo the Thief Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
Ebbo the Thief Jean Gobi
Ebbo the Thief BL Mariale 4
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 1, ff. 64v-69v)
Ebbo the Thief Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
Ebbo the Thief Vendôme Collection
(Vendôme, Bibliothèque Publique MS 185)
Ebbo the Thief Johannes Herolt
Ebbo the Thief Cornell Mariale
(Cornell, MS B.14)
Ebbo the Thief Li Miracoli de Senta Maria
Ebbo the Thief Pseudo-Caesarius
Ebbo the Thief Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
Ebbo the Thief BL Mariale 1
(Cotton Cleopatra C.x., ff. 101-144v)
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