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CSM Number : 164
Short name: The Statue that Cried out Against the Arrest of a Monk Alternative: Statue protests at monk's arrest (Salas)
Incipit: Como deve dos crischãos/ seer a Virgen onrrada
Refrain: Como deve dos crischãos/ seer a Virgen onrrada/ outrossi ar deve deles/ seer en todo guardada.
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Setting: Salas Protagonist(s): a monk/prior of Salas

A monk/prior of Salas was falsely accused of coining money. Don Fernando, prince and abbot of Monte-Aragón, ordered him to be arrested.

The monk fled to a church thinking he would find sanctuary there.

But the abbot ordered him to come out and had him seized and forcibly removed from the churchyard.

The statue of the Virgin was so angry that it emitted a loud cry and thrust the holy child away from her. The statues of mother and son also grew pale.

When the abbot heard the news, he ordered the monk to return. To make amends, he and his men entered the church with cords around their necks.

The bishop of Huesca came to Salas and redressed the wrong done to the Virgin. As a sign that she had forgiven the deed, she clasped her son again, but she never regained her former colour and neither did her son.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 9
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T164, E164
Poncelet reference
abbot, bishop, earthquake, false accusation, image (of Virgin Mary), money (coining of), penance, prior, rope, sanctuary (right of)
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Santa María de Salas en el Siglo XIII. Estudio sobre algunas Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Aguado Bleye, Pedro
Poesía de santuarios
Filgueira Valverde, José
Alfonso X of Castile: Patron of Literature and Learning
Procter, Evelyn S.
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier