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CSM Number : 233
Short name: The Knight who was Protected by a Heavenly Army Alternative: Knight is protected by heavenly army
Incipit: Os que bõa morte morren
Refrain: Os que bõa morte morren/ e son quitos de pecados/ son con Deus e con sa Madr’ e/ sempre fazen seus mandados.
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Setting: Peñacova near Santo Domingo de Silos Protagonist(s): a knight

A knight was constantly harassed by his enemies who wished to kill him.

They caught up with him on the road one day outside Santo Domingo de Silos.

They chased him and he took refuge in a Marian hermitage near Peñacova. Many Christian warriors, who had died battling the Moors, were buried at that place.

The knight prayed to the Virgin to pardon his sins and to protect him.

His enemies approached the church and saw a great army surrounding it. They realised that the defenders, so rapidly deployed, were not ordinary men. Not wanting to incur the wrath of God or the Virgin, they drew back.

The knight and his enemies were reconciled and they returned together.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F62, E233
Poncelet reference
burial, enemy (confrontation with), hermitage, knight, knights (celestial), Muslims/Moors, pardon, pilgrimage, repentance (see also confession)
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Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Davis, Jr, William Richard