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CSM Number : 131
Short name: The Emperor who was Trapped in a Mine Alternative: Alexius in the Mine
Incipit: En tamanna coita non pode seer
Refrain: En tamanna coita non pode seer/ om’ a que a Virgen non poss’ acorrer.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): Alexios, the Emperor of Constantinople and his wife, Jordana

The Emperor Alexios of Constantinople went to inspect the ore in silver mine.

While he was in the mine, the tunnel collapsed and caved in. Everyone was killed, except for the Emperor who was protected by a large rock.

The sorrowful Empress, Jordana, had masses said and offerings made for an entire year.

During this time, the Virgin provided the Emperor with food and made angels come to comfort him and help him sleep. The Virgin told him that his wife had asked her to look after him. She promised to continue taking care of him and to free him.

One night, the Virgin appeared to the patriarch. She told him what had happened to the Emperor and, the next day, he reported the news to the Empress.

The patriarch sent workers to free the Emperor from the mine. They dug down and found him alive. He advised them to thank the Virgin who had provided for his needs at his wife’s request.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11 11 11 11 Refrain: 11 11
No. of Stanzas: 18
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T131, E131
Poncelet reference
Constantinopolitana imperatrix, / quae Yordana (215)
accident, angels, apparition, emperor, imprisonment, mass, mine, Patriarch, provision (miraculous, of food or drink), silver, empress
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Miracle Collection
Alexius in the Mine Cornell Mariale
(Cornell, MS B.14)
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
La conmixtura modal en la Cantigas de Santa María
Huseby, Gerardo Víctor
A mulher nos cancioneiros medievais galego-portugueses: Maria Pérez, a Balteira
Souza, Risonete Batista de