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CSM Number : 214
Short name: The Gambler who Wagered a Church Alternative: Gambler bets on Church (Rocamadour)
Incipit: Como a demais da gente/ quer gãar per falsidade
Refrain: Como a demais da gente/ quer gãar per falsidade/ assi quer Santa Maria/ gãar per sa santidade.
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Setting: unspecified (mention of Rocamadour) Protagonist(s): two gamblers

A rich man and a poor one were playing a game with three dice.

The poor man, who only owned a church that he had inherited, put it up for bet.

The rich man rolled the dice and got the highest possible score (i.e. eighteen).

The poor man asked the Virgin of Rocamadour to help him win regardless, and promised to give her the church.

The Virgin caused one of the dice to split in half so that the poor man scored nineteen and won the game.

The Virgin won the church and everyone in the street witnessed the miracle.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F99, E214
Poncelet reference
church (protection of), dice, gambling
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
’Alea jacta est’: at the gaming table with Alfonso the Learned
Carpenter, Dwayne E.
Las mujeres y los dados en la poesía de Alfonso X
Fidalgo Francisco, Elvira
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
Our Lady of Rocamadour and the Two Gamblers
Krappe, Alexander H.
The Blessed Virgin cheats at dice: Cantiga 214 and the Alfonsine Miracle Kitchen
Parkinson, Stephen
Unas palabras sobre la ’iglesia propia’
Prieto Bances, R.