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CSM Number : 294
Short name: The Gambling Woman who Threw a Stone at a Statue of the Christ Child Alternative: Gambler throws stone at statue (Apulia)
Incipit: Non é mui gran maravilla/ seeren obedientes
Refrain: Non é mui gran maravilla/ seeren obedientes/ os angeos aa Madre/ daquel cujos son sergentes.
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Setting: Apulia Protagonist(s): a German woman

In Apulia on the Virgin’s feast day, a German woman was playing dice in front of a church dedicated to the Virgin.

She began to lose the game and became furious.

She picked up a rock and threw it at a stone statue of the Virgin and Child placed above the doorway. Stone angels flanked the image. Each held a book in one hand and rested the other on its breast.

When the woman threw the rock, one of the angels raised its hand to intercept the blow. Nevertheless, its arm was undamaged.

Seeing this, the people seized the woman and cast her into a fire.

From that time forth, the angel’s hand remained outstretched just as it had been to protect the statue. From then on, the statue was valued even more highly than it had been before.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F18, E294
Poncelet reference
burning, dice, execution, feast day, gambling, iconoclasts, image (of angels), image (of Virgin Mary), madness
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La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
’Alea jacta est’: at the gaming table with Alfonso the Learned
Carpenter, Dwayne E.
Las mujeres y los dados en la poesía de Alfonso X
Fidalgo Francisco, Elvira
Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. II. Las trabajadoras. III. Las Evas
Fidalgo, Elvira
La sociedad medieval española reflejada en la obra de Alfonso el Sabio
González, Jr., Juan
Palabra e imagen. Dos cantigas de Santa María
Hernán-Gómez Prieto, Beatriz
Viaje a Italia a través de las Cantigas Historiadas de Alfonso X el Sabio
Molina López, Laura
The Miracles Came in Two by Two: Paired Narratives in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Literatura galega medieval. I. A história. II. Antoloxia de textos comentados (lírica e prosa)
Pena, Xosé Ramón
’E dest’un mui gran miragre vos contarei que oy’: Oralidad y textualidad en las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Vaquero, Mercedes
’Virgo Antiludens’: Xogos de azar, blasfémia e castigo nas Cantigas de Santa María de Afonso X o Sabio
Ventura Ruiz, Joaquim