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CSM Number : 153
Short name: The Reluctant Pilgrim Carried to Rocamadour Alternative: Chair carries pilgrim to Rocamadour
Incipit: Quen quer que ten en desden
Refrain: Quen quer que ten en desden/ a Santa Maria/ gran mal lle verrá poren.
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Setting: Gascony and Rocamadour Protagonist(s): a woman from Gascony

A woman from Gascony scorned the shrine of Rocamadour and refused to go on pilgrimage.

Her servant girl encouraged her to go and asked to go herself.

The woman insulted the servant and said that she would not go to Rocamadour unless her chair carried her there.

The woman was miraculously transported to the shrine where her chair landed before the Virgin’s altar.

The woman acknowledged the miracle and repented.

The chair was released from the woman, and kept at the shrine where pilgrims came to see it.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7 5' 7 5' 7 5' 7 Refrain: 7 5' 7
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: ABA | cdcdaba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T153, E153
Poncelet reference
chair, levitation, pilgrimage, servant, vow
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Un recull de miracles de Santa Maria, procedent de Ripoll, i les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
A Reluctant Woman Pilgrim and a Green Bird: a Possible Cantiga Melody Survival in a Sephardic Ballad
Cohen, Judith R.
Les Miracles de Notre Dame de Roc Amadour au XIIe siècle. Texte et traduction d’aprés les manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Nationale
Fournier d’Albe, Edmond
O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria
Martins, Mário
A sátira na literatura medieval portuguesa (séculos XIII e XIV)
Martins, Mário
Las Cantigas del Rey Sabio
Valera, Juan