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CSM Number : 325
Short name: The Christian Woman who Escaped from the Moors Alternative: Christian woman escapes from Moors (Tudia)
Incipit: Con dereit’ a Virgen santa/ á nome strela do dia
Refrain: Con dereit’ a Virgen santa/ á nome strela do dia/ ca assi pelo mar grande/ come pela terra guia.
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Setting: Tangiers, Africa, Tudia in the kingdom of Seville, Silves Protagonist(s): a young woman

A young Christian woman was taken captive and imprisoned in Tangiers. She was mistreated and given only a little bad bread to eat. She was a native of Tudia in the kingdom of Seville. She and another Christian woman were the prisoners of a Mooress who was ill and near death. Before she died, she had the captives summoned. She offered to give them money, property, and rich husbands if they would become Muslims and renounce Christianity. She warned them that if they refused, she would have them tortured and beheaded.

One of the Christian women, out of fear, agreed to convert, but the other refused for she had commended herself to the Virgin of Tudia. The Mooress was consumed with rage and had them both cast into prison.

The faithful woman fell asleep and the Virgin appeared to her. The Virgin told her to leave and said that she would show her the way. When the woman woke up, she found herself walking down a broad smooth road. She travelled quickly, not stopping to eat or drink until dawn when she reached Silves.

She listened to the sounds of the Moors going off to tend their vineyards and to the sounds of the cattle. She thought that she was back in Tangiers. But when she saw a large group of Christians, armed with lances, going to tend their vines, she realised that her dream had come true. She entered the town, went straight to Mary’s church and told the people what had happened. They praised the Virgin, but they could not remove the iron collar from her neck.

She begged them to give her provisions so that she could go to Tudia to see the Virgin who had freed her from captivity. As soon as she had entered the church at Tudia, her iron collar fell off.

The sacristan rang the bell and everyone praised the Virgin. The woman stayed there and served in the church.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 17
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
F104, E325
Poncelet reference
apparition, behead, bell, bull, conversion, cow, dream, imprisonment, lance, Muslims/Moors, pilgrimage, sacristan, torture, vineyards, shackles
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Cantigas de Santa Maria — El Cantar de los cantares — Sonetos — Coplas que hizo por la muerte de su padre D. Rodrigo
Alfonso X el Sabio and others
Some Characterizations of the Moor in Alfonso X’s Cantigas
Bagby, Albert
Alfonso X el Sabio
Ballesteros y Beretta, Antonio
Contributo allo studio della letteratura miracolistica
Bertolucci Pizzorusso, Valeria
L'intento intertestuale della "translatio" melodica nelle Cantigas de Santa Maria
Colantuono, Maria Incoronata
Doing lines: refrains and copyists in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
La Orden de Santa María de España
Torres Fontes, Juan