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CSM Number : 209
Short name: King Alfonso is Healed by the Virgin’s Book Alternative: Alfonso X is cured by CSM
Incipit: Muito faz grand’ erro e en torto jaz
Refrain: Muito faz grand’ erro e en torto jaz/ a Deus quen lle nega o ben que lle faz.
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Setting: Vitoria Protagonist(s): King Alfonso X (the cantiga is written in the first person)

King Alfonso lay ill in Vitoria. No one expected him to recover.

His pain was so severe that he thought that he was dying, and he cried out to the Virgin to relieve him.

His doctors ordered hot compresses, but the king rejected these. Instead, he ordered Mary’s book to be brought and placed on him.

As soon as this was done, the pain diminished and the king thanked the Virgin.

Many people were there, weeping as they watched the king suffer.

When they saw that he had recovered, they prostrated themselves and praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11 [5’ 5] 11 [5’ 5] 11 [5’ 5] 11 [5’ 5] Refrain: 11 [5’ 5] 11 [5’ 5]
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
F95, E209
Poncelet reference
book (of CSM), compress, doctor (medical), king, tears
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Cantigas de Santa Maria do rei don Alfonso
Alfonso X , o Sábio
La notación mensural de la música monódica de la corte española del siglo XIII ofrece soluciones nuevas, hasta hoy totalmente desconocidas, para la interpretación estético-rítmica de las melodías de los trovadores
Anglés, Higinio
Actualidade do Rei Alfonso X o Sábio
Mecanismos de envolvimento da instância autoral nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Bittencourt, Vanda de Oliveira
Narrativa visual de la enfermedad en las Cantigas de Santa María
Corti, Francisco
Iconography and Literature - Alfonso himself in Cantiga 209
Keller, John Esten and Richard P. Kinkade
Alfonso’s Miraculous Book: Patronage, Politics, and Performance in the ’Cantigas de Santa Maria’
Kennedy, Kirstin
Las Cantigas de Santa María: los proyectos musicales de Alfonso X y su valor como fuente histórica
López Elum, Pedro
Discourses of Judaizing and Judaism in Medieval Spain
Nirenberg, David
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
’Iudeus sacer’: Life, Law, and Identity in the ’State of Exception’ Called ’Marian Miracle’
Prado-Vilar, Francisco
Alfonso X of Castile: Patron of Literature and Learning
Procter, Evelyn S.
Alfons X av León och Kastilien
Sandels, Marianne
El códice florentino de las ’Cantigas’ y su relación con los demás manuscritos
Solalinde, Antonio G.
Las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Steiger, Arnald