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CSM Number : 314
Short name: The Knight who was Punished for Blasphemy Alternative: Knight is punished for blasphemy
Incipit: Quen souber Santa Maria/ loar
Refrain: Quen souber Santa Maria/ loar, será de bon sen.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Segovia Protagonist(s): a knight and his wife

A knight in Segovia liked to hunt on some land that he had, on which there was a spring. He invited his wife to accompany him and to camp by the spring for two or three weeks.

The knight went ahead and pitched his tent, but his wife failed to join him.

When he asked where she was, he was told that she was praying in a church dedicated to the Virgin. The knight objected, saying that he did not approve of long prayers and that the church in which she was praying was a vile place.

After he had sent a man to fetch her, the knight went blind and fell flat on the ground, writhing and groaning like a madman, saying: “Would that someone could take me to Jerusalem!”

His wife came at the sound of the shouts. When she arrived at the tent she saw her husband. She prayed to the Virgin to heal him and the knight instantly recovered his sight.

He declared himself the Virgin’s servant and offered that entire property to her.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15 15 15 15 Refrain: 15
No. of Stanzas: 13
Rhyme scheme: A | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F12, E314
Poncelet reference
blasphemy, blindness, hunting, knight, noblewoman, spring
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Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. I. Madres y mujeres casadas
Fidalgo, Elvira