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CSM Number : 221
Short name: King Fernando is Healed Alternative: King Fernando cured
Incipit: Ben per está aos reis/ d’ amaren Santa Maria
Refrain: Ben per está aos reis/ d’ amaren Santa Maria/ ca enas mui grandes coitas/ ela os acorr’ e guia.
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Setting: Oña Protagonist(s): King don Fernando

When King don Fernando was a little boy, he became ill.

At the time, he was staying in Castile with his grandparents and his mother. His grandfather, King don Alfonso, thought that the boy might die, and his mother was mad with grief.

She decided to take the boy to Oña, trusting in the Virgin to cure him.

The child could not eat or sleep and was infested with worms.

When they arrived at Oña, they held a vigil in front of the high altar, praying to the Virgin to heal the child.The Virgin healed him at once, making him well and restoring his ability to sleep. When he woke up, he asked for something to eat.

Within fifteen days, the boy was stronger and fitter than ever. The Virgin also gave him a strong mind. When the boy’s grandfather, King don Alfonso, heard of the miracle, he went directly to Oña on pilgrimage.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F73, E221
Poncelet reference
appetite (loss of) , children, hospital (construction of), insomnia, king, Muslims/Moors, pilgrimage, queen, tears, vigil, warfare, worms, convent
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Estudos de versificaçao portuguesa (séculos XIII a XVI)
Cunha, Celso Ferreira da
Estudos de poética trovadoresca: versificacao e ecdótica
Cunha, Celso Ferreira da
Tres cantigas de Alphonse X/Trois cantilenes d’Alphonse X, version française de Henri Collet, musique de Antonio José
Donostia, Antonio José de
Tres Cantigas de Alfonso X (Antonio-José)
Donostia, Padre J. A.
El planto en la historia y en la literatura gallega
Filgueira Valverde, José
Memorias de las Reynas Catholicas. Historia Genealógica de la Casa Real de Castilla, y de León (...)
Florez, Enrique
Proposta Galiza
Montero Santalha, José-Martinho
Annales eclesiásticos y seculares de la muy noble y muy leal ciudad de Sevilla
Ortiz de Zúñiga, Diego
De S. Ferdinando III Rege Castellae, Legionis, etc.
Papebrochio, Daniel
Acta vitae S. Ferdinandis regis Castellae et Legionis
Papebrochio, Daniel
Cancionero musical popular español
Pedrell, Felipe
Alfonso X of Castile: Patron of Literature and Learning
Procter, Evelyn S.
A propósito de la partícula per, intensiva o perfectiva en la lengua medieval gallego-portuguesa
Rodríguez, José Luis
Oña y su monasterio en el pasado de Castilla, historia y toponimia. Contribució al milenario de su abadia benedictina (1011-2011)
Rojo Díez, Eduardo
Memorias para la historia de la poesía y poetas españoles
Sarmiento, Martín
Historia de la música española desde la venida de los Fenicios hasta el año 1850
Soriano Fuertes, Mariano
Las Cantigas del Rey Sabio
Valera, Juan