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CSM Number : 181
Short name: The Banner of the Virgin Defeats the Moors at Marrakesh Alternative: Virgin's banner frightens foe
Incipit: Pero que seja a gente d’ outra lei e descreuda
Refrain: Pero que seja a gente/ d’ outra lei e descreuda/ os que a Virgen mais aman/ a esses ela ajuda.
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Setting: Marrakech Protagonist(s): the King of Marrakech and another king [identified in the rubric as Aboyuçaf]

The King of Marrakech was at war with another king.

The other king had crossed the Morabe River with a huge army and had laid siege to the city.

The king of Marrakech was advised to go out from the city with his best warriors to do battle. He was to take the banner of Holy Mary and to be accompanied by Christians carrying crosses.

The King followed this advice, and when the banner of Holy Mary was unfurled, the army of the other king was defeated. Many of his men were killed and they lost their tents and possessions.

others, seeing the banner and crosses, fled in great haste.

In this way, the Virgin helped her friends, even though they were of another faith.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T181, E181
Poncelet reference
banner (of Virgin Mary), cross, image (of Virgin Mary), king, Muslims/Moors, river, siege, warfare
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
The Cantigas, or ’Songs of Praise of St. Mary’
Burns, Robert I.
La guerra en Andalucía: Aproximaciones a la retórica visual de las Cantigas de Santa María
Corti, Francisco
Da épica na Galicia medieval: Discurso de ingreso na Real Academia Gallega e resposta de Ramón Otero Pedrayo
Filgueira Valverde, José and Ramón Otero Pedrayo
La cantiga núm. 181 o el frustrado cerco a Marrakech (1261)
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
El frustrado cerco de Marrakech
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
Mother of God. A History of the Virgin Mary
Rubin, MIri