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CSM Number : 259
Short name: The Squabbling Minstrels Alternative: Two minstrels are given a candle (Arras)
Incipit: Santa Maria punna d’ avĩir
Refrain: Santa Maria punna d’ avĩir/ os seus por se deles mellor servir.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Arras Protagonist(s): two minstrels

Two minstrels were friends, but they quarrelled and challenged one another to a fight.

The Virgin appeared to them in dreams and instructed them to go to her church in Arras.

They both went there and the Virgin approached them and told them to cease their hostilities. She gave them a candle with which to cure people suffering from St Martial’s fire.

The pair went away reconciled and cured many people with the candle.

However, the bishop took it away from them. His foot started burning with the disease and it began to spread up his leg.

He asked for some of that wax and was given it to drink. It cured him immediately. Even now, some minstrels have the power to heal people and relieve their pain.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10 10 10 10 Refrain: 10 10
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F43, E259
Poncelet reference
apparition, bishop, candle, devils, enemies (reconciliation of), legs (injured or swollen), minstrel, Saint Martial’s fire, wax
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The Early Seguidilla
Clarke, Dorothy Clotelle
Un cantar que cantassen os jograres (CSM 172, 33): Las formas de la ’performance’ en las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Disalvo, Santiago and Germán Rossi
Los endecasílabos de Alfonso X: Estudio sobre las Cantigas
Hanssen, Friedrich
El culto de las reliquias en las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X el Sabio
Martín Ansón, Maria Luisa
Le répertoire médiéval Galicien-Portugais: Un Système mnémo-technique. Structures formelles de répétition lexicale et mélodique
Rossell, Antoni
La composición de las Cantigas de Santa Maria: una estrategia métrico-melódica, una estrategia poética
Rossell, Antoni