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CSM Number : 14
Short name: The Monk of St Peter’s at Cologne
Incipit: Par Deus, muit’ é gran razon
Refrain: Par Deus, muit’ é gran razon/ de poder Santa Maria/ mais de quantos Santos son.
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Setting: Cologne Protagonist(s): a monk of St Peter’s, Cologne

In the monastery of St Peter near Cologne there was a monk who had a liking for worldly pleasures.

One day he fell ill, drank some medicine, and died unconfessed.

The devil came to seize his soul, but was thwarted by St Peter, who begged God to save it. God refused because the soul was tainted.

St Peter mustered all the other saints to ask God to save the monk’s soul, but God refused their petition.

Then St Peter asked the Virgin to intercede with Christ on the monk’s behalf. Christ granted her petition and pardoned the monk.

When the monk’s soul was restored, he rose to his feet and told the other monks what had happened.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 [7' 7] 15 [7' 7] 15 [7' 7] 15 [7' 7] Refrain: 7 15 [7' 7]
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
T14, E14, To15
Poncelet reference
Apud (namque) Coloniam urbem in monasterio S. Petri erat (103)
devils, medicine, monastery, monks, resurrection, Saint Peter, Saints (other), soul
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Miracle Collection
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Pez
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Phillips
(Chicago, University of Chicago, Phillipps MS 25142)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Gonzalo de Berceo
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Madrid Mariale
(Madrid, B.N., MS 110)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Gautier de Coinci
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne William of Malmesbury
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Nigel of Canterbury
(London, BL, MS Cotton Vespasian D.xix)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Johannes Herolt
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Pseudo-Caesarius
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Cornell Mariale
(Cornell, MS B.14)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
Monk of St Peter's at Cologne BL Mariale 1
(Cotton Cleopatra C.x., ff. 101-144v)
Sobre la historia de las Cantigas. Un libro de Julián Ribera
Arraiza, Francisco Javier
A Paleographic Edition of the Alfonsine Collection of Prose Miracles of the Virgin
Chatham, James R.
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Cantiga 14 del rey don Alfonso el Sabio, parafraseada con coros y orquesta por H.E.
Eslava, Hilarión
Fuentes germánicas en las ’Cantigas de Santa Maria’ de Alfonso X el Sabio
Ferreiro Alemparte, Jaime
Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Fita, Fidel
El arte mayor de Juan de Mena
Hanssen, Friedrich
A Feasible Source of the Denouements of the Exemplos in El Conde Lucanor
Keller, John Esten
Confession in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
MacKay, Angus, & Geraldine McKendrick
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
Revista teatral
Rioja, A. P.
Alfonso X, el rey sabio ¿tolerante con la minoría judía? Una lectura emblemática de las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Roitman, Gisela