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CSM Number : 158
Short name: The Knight who was Freed by the Virgin and led to Rocamadour Alternative: Knight is freed from captivity (Rocamadour)
Incipit: De muitas guisas los presos
Refrain: De muitas guisas los presos/ solta a mui groriosa/ santa e Virgen Maria/ tant’ é con Deus poderosa.
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Setting: unspecified (mention of Rocamadour) Protagonist(s): a captive knight

A knight was captured, bound in chains, and held for ransom in prison.

The knight’s lord failed to redeem him, so the knight prayed to the Virgin to release him.

The Virgin appeared to the knight and broke his bonds.

She led him from the prison and no one obstructed him, although many people saw him leave.

The Virgin told the knight to go to Rocamadour, which he did, although his captors pursued him.

The knight hung the chains at Rocamadour and told the monks of the miracle.

Metrical data
Stanza: 23' 23' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 6
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbaa Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T158, E158
Poncelet reference
apparition, ex-voto, imprisonment, knight, monks, pilgrimage, ransom, shackles
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
El libro del peso de los alarifes
Cómez Ramos, Rafael
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
La literatura caballeresca en la obra de Alfonso X
Montoya Martínez, Jesús