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CSM Number : 24
Short name: The Clerk of Chartres
Incipit: Madre de Deus, non pod’ errar/ quen en ti á fiança
Refrain: Madre de Deus, non pod’ errar/quen en ti á fiança.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Chartres Protagonist(s): a priest

A novice priest of Chartres was a gambler and a thief.

Whenever he saw an image of the Virgin he always prayed to it.

He died unconfessed.

He was not buried within the churchyard.

The Virgin appeared to a priest and chided him, telling him to bury the novice in hallowed ground.

The priests discovered that the novice had a flower like a lily growing out of his mouth.

Metrical data
Stanza: 8 8 8 6’ Refrain: 8 6’
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AB | cccb Zejel:
MS locations:
T24, E24, To17
Poncelet reference
Deditus illecebris vitae factisque superbis In Carnotensi (339)
apparition, burial, confession (see also repentance), dancing, flower, gambling, ground (unconsecrated), image (of Virgin Mary), Kyrie eleison (singing of), lily, mouth, priest , procession, sermon, thief/ thieves
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Miracle Collection
Clerk of Chartres Pez
Clerk of Chartres Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
Clerk of Chartres BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
Clerk of Chartres Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
Clerk of Chartres John of Garland
Clerk of Chartres Gonzalo de Berceo
Clerk of Chartres Madrid Mariale
(Madrid, B.N., MS 110)
Clerk of Chartres Gautier de Coinci
Clerk of Chartres William of Malmesbury
Clerk of Chartres BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
O intemerata: Buried Outside the Church Yard Jean Gobi
Dou chancelier de Chartres qui saluet volentiers Nostre Dame Jean le Marchant
(Chartres MS 1027)
Clerk of Chartres BL Mariale 4
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 1, ff. 64v-69v)
Clerk of Chartres BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
Clerk of Chartres Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
Clerk of Chartres Paris Mariale 2
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale 12593)
Clerk of Chartres Johannes Herolt
Clerk of Chartres Cornell Mariale
(Cornell, MS B.14)
Clerk of Chartres Pseudo-Caesarius
Clerk of Chartres Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
Clerk of Chartres BL Mariale 1
(Cotton Cleopatra C.x., ff. 101-144v)
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Anglés, Higinio
A Paleographic Edition of the Alfonsine Collection of Prose Miracles of the Virgin
Chatham, James R.
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
La cultura monástica en las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X: pervivencia, adopción y reelaboración
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Some Spanish Summaries of the Cantigas de Santa Maria
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Keller, John Esten
Confession in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
MacKay, Angus, & Geraldine McKendrick
Singers of the Virgin in Thirteenth-Century Spain
Marchand, James, & Spurgeon Baldwin
Cantigas de Santa Maria e cancioneiros galaico-portugueses
Martins, Mário
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
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Rodrigues Lapa, Manuel
A Chapter in Alfonso X’s Personal Narrative: The Puerto de Santa María Poems in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
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