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CSM Number : 366
Short name: Don Manuel Recovers his Lost Falcon Alternative: Don Manuel recovers lost falcon
Incipit: A que en nossos cantares/ nos chamamos fror das frores
Refrain: A que en nossos cantares/ nos chamamos fror das flores/ maravilloso miragre/ fes por ũus caçadores.
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Setting: Seville, and the plain of Tablada, near the village of Coria Protagonist(s): King Alfonso X’s brother, don Manuel

This miracle occurred in Seville when the King [Alfonso X] had returned there after making war on the Moors of Granada and on the Genetes and others from Africa. He defeated them all and won their property and possessions. After this, the King became seriously ill, as did his brother, don Manuel.

When don Manuel had recovered from his illness in Seville, he went hunting with one of his falcons, which had molted in the summer. He went out with many falconers, bearing falcons with which to attack herons and cranes.

One of the falcons flew to the other side of the Guadalquivir River and could not be retrieved. They searched for it for three weeks and spread the word, thinking that a farmer may have found it and kept it to sell.

The prince went out again to hunt with his most skilled falconers. On the plain of Tablada, near the village of Coria, they saw a falcon pursuing a bird. They recognised that it was the lost falcon chasing a flycatcher.

They prayed to Santa Maria do Porto to make the bird return, and promised to give her a wax falcon. They called the falcon, but it would not come, because it was eating its pray.

Don Manuel went off by himself and approached the falcon. While he was standing in a freshly plowed field, the falcon crossed the Guadalquivir River and placed the flycatcher at his feet. He praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 14
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
booty, ex-voto, falcon, hunting, king, vineyards, warfare, wax, wheat, molt , crane, farmer, flycatcher
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Don Juan Manuel’s father, Infante Manuel, in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
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Alfonso X y las Cantigas a Santa Maria
Martínez Alfonso, Manuel
Una primera documentación ’genetes-zenetes’ ignorada
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
Doing lines: refrains and copyists in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Alfonso X of Castile: Patron of Literature and Learning
Procter, Evelyn S.
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
Birds of Prey and the Dry Textbook: King Alfonso’s Laws, Science, and Cantigas of the Hunt
Seniff, Dennis P.
Mestre Giraldo e os seus Tratados de Alveitaria e Cetraria
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Cantigas de Santa Maria de Afonso X, O Sábio: aspectos culturais e literários
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