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CSM Number : 16
Short name: The Knight who Said Two Hundred ‘Aves’ a Day Alternative: A Hundred Aves a Day
Incipit: Quen dona fremosa e bõa quiser amar
Refrain: Quen dona fremosa e bõa quiser amar/ am’ a Groriosa e non poderá errar.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a knight

A knight fell in love with a lady, but she rejected him.

He went to an abbot to confess and to ask for God’s help in winning the object of his affections.

The abbot told him to pray to the Virgin and to say 200 Ave Marias every day for a year

The knight followed the abbot’s instructions. On the rare days that he failed to say his prayers, he made amends and said them later.

One day while he was praying, the Virgin appeared to him. She asked him to choose between her and his love.

He renounced his lady and said 100 Ave Marias for the Virgin. When a year had passed, he died.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13 13 13 13 Refrain: 13 13
No. of Stanzas: 16
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
T16, E16, To12
Poncelet reference
Fuit quidam miles iuvenis et iocosus, fortis et bellicosus, qui (631)
abbot, apparition, Ave Maria (saying of), knight, lovesickness, confession (see also repentance)
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Miracle Collection
A Hundred Aves a Day Gautier de Coinci
A Hundred Aves a Day BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
A Hundred Aves a Day Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
A Hundred Aves a Day Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
A Hundred Aves a Day Vendôme Collection
(Vendôme, Bibliothèque Publique MS 185)
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Alfonso X el Sabio and others
Cantigas de D. Alfonso X
Anon [Morayta de Sagrario, Miguel]
Courtly Love as Ritual in Early Medieval Spanish Poetry
Burt, John R.
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
De amor y poesía en la España medieval: Prólogo a Juan Ruiz
Ferraresi, Alicia C. de
A Feasible Source of the Denouements of the Exemplos in El Conde Lucanor
Keller, John Esten
Cantigas de Santa Maria e cancioneiros galaico-portugueses
Martins, Mário
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
Las Cantigas de Don Alonso el Sabio.
Morayta de Sagrario, Miguel
The Virgin’s Cures for Lust
Powell Jayne, Cnynthia
El vasallaje amoroso ’a lo divino’ en las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X
Raimond-Molinier, Jeanne
Textos de literatura portuguesa. I: Afonso X, o Sábio
Rodrigues Lapa, Manuel
When your Lover is the Virgin Mary: A New Approach to the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X of Castile
Scarborough, Connie L.
A Nexus between cantigas de amor and Cantiga de Santa Maria: The cantiga 'de change'
Schaffer, Martha