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CSM Number : 142
Short name: The Huntsman who was Rescued from Drowning Alternative: Alfonso X's huntsman fetches heron
Incipit: Ena gran coita sempr’ acorrer ven
Refrain: Ena gran coita sempr’ acorrer ven/ a Virgen a quen fia en seu ben.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: the banks of the Henares River Protagonist(s): one of the king’s men, other huntsmen and King don Alfonso

King don Alfonso and his men were hunting on the banks of the Henares River.

One of his falcons injured a heron and broke its wing. The heron fell into the river.

The dogs could not retrieve the bird because the current was too swift.

One of the King’s men jumped into the river to fetch the bird and was swept under the water. He was repeatedly submerged, but he called on the Virgin. The King assured his men, who were also beseeching the Virgin, that she would save the man.

The man emerged from the river carrying the heron.

He presented the bird to King Alfonso who blessed the Virgin for the miracle.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10 10 10 10 Refrain: 10 10
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T142, E142
Poncelet reference
dog, drowning, falcon, heron, hunting, king
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Alfonso X
Obras de Alfonso X (Selección)
Alfonso X
The Early Seguidilla
Clarke, Dorothy Clotelle
Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. I. Madres y mujeres casadas
Fidalgo, Elvira
Anthologie der geistigen kultur auf der Pyraenhalbinsel (mittelalter)
Giese, Wilhelm
Los poetas del Guadiana a Alfonso el Sabio
Gonzalez Lara, José, director de publicación
La sociedad medieval española reflejada en la obra de Alfonso el Sabio
González, Jr., Juan
Imágenes insólitas en la miniaturas de las Cantigas Alfonsíes
Keller, John Esten and Annette Grant Cash
Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X el Sabio, rey de Castilla
López Serrano, Matilde
Antología de Alfonso el Sabio
Peña, Margarita
Birds of Prey and the Dry Textbook: King Alfonso’s Laws, Science, and Cantigas of the Hunt
Seniff, Dennis P.
Alfonso X, el Sabio. Antología
Solalinde, Antonio G.
Mestre Giraldo e os seus Tratados de Alveitaria e Cetraria
Vasconcelos, Carolina Michaëlis de
Mestre Giraldo e os seus tratados de alveitaria e cetraria
Vasconcelos, Carolina Michaëlis de and Teófilo Braga
Cantigas de Santa Maria de Afonso X, O Sábio: aspectos culturais e literários
Vaz Leão, Angela