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CSM Number : 348
Short name: The Hidden Treasure Alternative: Alfonso X finds hidden treasure
Incipit: Ben parte Santa Maria/ sas graças e seus tesouros
Refrain: Ben parte Santa Maria/ sas graças e seus tesouros/ aos que serven seu Fillo/ ben e ela contra mouros.
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Setting: Spain Protagonist(s): a king [Alfonso X]

A king spent most of the wealth he possessed waging war against the Moors and conquering the territory of Andalusia.

Because he trusted in the Virgin, he was not overly concerned about his dwindling resources. One time, he assembled a large army and did not have enough money to sustain it.

As he lay sleeping, the Virgin appeared to him and he wept and begged her to give him riches. She assured him that she would give him a vast treasure, which had been buried by “people much worse than the Moors.”

After the king had recounted the dream to one of his advisors, he looked for the treasure where he thought it lay hidden, but found nothing.

A year later, when the king was leading an attack on Granada, he passed the place again and searched for the treasure a second time. This time, he discovered a horde of gold, silver, precious stones, textiles and many other objects belonging to the Jews.

When the king found this horde he was very happy. He praised the Virgin and had the treasure sent to Seville.rn

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 10
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
apparition, dream, gold, Jews, king, Muslims/Moors, offerings, silver, silk, song, stones (precious), treasure, warfare
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Alfonso X, el Sabio compara moros y judíos
Bagby, Albert
The Jew in the Cántigas of Alfonso X, el Sabio
Bagby, Albert
Heretics and Infidels: the Cantigas de Santa María as Ideological Instrument of Cultural Codfication
Bollo Panadero, María Dolores
Alfonso X y las minorias confesionales de mudéjares y judíos
González Jiménez, Manuel
Anti-Semitism in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Hatton, Vikki, and Angus MacKay
The thaumaturgy of regal piety: Alfonso X and the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Lappin, Anthony
El simbolismo en las vestiduras medievales y sus lexicalizaciones
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
Alfonso X, el rey sabio ¿tolerante con la minoría judía? Una lectura emblemática de las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Roitman, Gisela