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CSM Number : 144
Short name: The Fierce Bull that was Tamed Alternative: Fierce bull is tamed
Incipit: Con razon é d’ averen gran pavor
Refrain: Con razon é d’ averen gran pavor/ as bestias da Madre daquel Sennor/ que sobre todas cousas á poder.
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Setting: : Plasencia Protagonist(s): a good man of Plasencia

There was a good man in Plasencia who was generous and devoted to the Virgin. He always fasted on the vigils of her feast days and he heard her hours.

There was also a knight in Plasencia who was getting married. He had bulls brought into the city for the wedding.

The knight had the fiercest bull set loose to run in a square in front of the good man’s house. The latter had no interest in the spectacle, but went outside to visit a close friend of his, a priest named Matthew.

As soon as the good man had gone outside, the bull lunged at him and tried to gore his back.

Matthew, the priest, seeing this from a window, asked the Virgin to save his friend. The Virgin made the bull fall to the ground and lie prostrate as if about to die. It stayed in this position until the good man reached the priest’s house and was escorted inside.

Afterwards, the bull got up and never harmed anyone from that time on.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10 10 10 10 Refrain: 10 10 10
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AAB | cccb Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T144, E144
Poncelet reference
bull, canonical hours, fasting, feast day, knight, marriage, priest
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Imágenes insólitas en la miniaturas de las Cantigas Alfonsíes
Keller, John Esten and Annette Grant Cash
A Preliminary Bibliography of Medieval Galician-Portuguese Poetry in English Translation
Longland, Jean R.
Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso X el Sabio, rey de Castilla
López Serrano, Matilde
La lidia de toros en el arte religioso español de los siglos XIII al XVI
Mateo Gomez, Isabel
Cantigas de Alfonso X, el Sabio
Moreno Galván, José M.
La Plaza de Toros de Béjar es la más antigua de cuantas existen en España
Muñoz García, Juan
Antología de Alfonso el Sabio
Peña, Margarita
Alfonso X, el Sabio. Antología
Solalinde, Antonio G.
Recordings of Las [sic] Cantigas de Santa Maria Contained in the Facsimile Edition Published by Edilán (Madrid 1979)
Tinnell, Roger D.