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CSM Number : 216
Short name: The Knight who Pledged his Wife to the Devil Alternative: Virgin Comes to Devil Instead of His Victim
Incipit: O que en Santa Maria/ de coraçon confiar
Refrain: O que en Santa Maria/ de coraçon confiar/ non se tema que o possa/ per ren o dem’ enganar.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a knight and his wife

A knight had a wife who was devoted to the Virgin. Although he had been wealthy, he lost everything he owned.

In order to regain his wealth, the knight became the devil’s vassal. The devil promised to make the knight rich, and the knight agreed to let the devil meet his wife.

The knight, tricking his wife into meeting the devil, ordered her to go with him to a certain place. She was reluctant to go because it was Saturday and she wanted to go to church instead. Nevertheless, he insisted and they set off.

On the way, they passed a church, and the woman went in and lay in front of the altar. The Virgin, in the guise of the woman, came out of the church and went off with the knight.

The devil was waiting for them, but he rebuked the knight when he saw Mary by his side instead of his wife. The Virgin ordered the devil to flee and condemned him for trying to harm the knight’s wife. The Virgin told the knight that he had been foolish to try to gain riches through the devil. She advised him to repent and to do penance.

The knight fetched his wife and told her everything. He renounced the devil, and God gave the couple great wealth.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15 15
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F34, E216
Poncelet reference
Legitur in miraculis B.V. quod cum quidam miles vanitatibus deditus (1005)
devils, impersonation, knight, noblewoman, pact, poverty, repentance (see also confession), Saturday (devoted to Virgin Mary), vassal (of devil)
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Miracle Collection
Diabolo devovetur: a milite uxor Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
Diabolo devovetur: a milite uxor Legenda Aurea (Voragine)
Virgin Comes to Devil Instead of His Victim Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
Virgin Comes to Devil Instead of His Victim Pseudo-Caesarius
Una cantiga célebre del Rey Sabio. Fuentes y desarrollo de la leyenda de Sor Beatriz, principalmente en la literatura española
Cotarelo y Valledor, Armando
Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Davis, Jr, William Richard
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Il patto col diavolo nelle letterature medievali. Elementi per un’analisi narrativa
D’Agostino, Alfonso
Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. I. Madres y mujeres casadas
Fidalgo, Elvira
Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Fita, Fidel
Lujuria,tentación e impotencia: Desde San Hugo de Avalón a las 'Cantigas de Santa Maria'
Lappin, Anthony
Itinéraire espagnol du conte médiéval (VIIIs-XVs)
Marsan, Rameline E.
Os afazeres do demónio nas Cantigas de Santa Maria de Afonso X
Rodrigues, Maria Idalina Resina
A Selected and Annotated Discography of Recordings of Music from the Middle Ages in Spain
Tinnell, Roger D.