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CSM Number : 367
Short name: King Alfonso is Healed in Seville Alternative: Alfonso X's legs are healed
Incipit: Grandes miragres faz Santa Maria
Refrain: Grandes miragres faz Santa Maria/ e fremosos a quen s’ en ela fia.
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Setting: Santa Maria do Porto Protagonist(s): King Alfonso X

King Alfonso X went to see the beautiful church he had constructed in Andalusia [Santa Maria do Porto]. It was surrounded by towers and a wall, as was necessary there.

After the Virgin had cured him of a very serious illness in Seville, he went to Santa Maria do Porto. He had a difficult journey because of the weather.

While the King was travelling by sea, both of his legs swelled up so much that he could not put on his boots. Furthermore, the skin split and yellow fluid came out.

Nevertheless, the King, who trusted firmly in the Virgin, would not delay, but went straight to Santa Maria do Porto.

He arrived at the church on Friday evening and held a vigil at her altar. When the priests sang the matins, the swelling in both of his legs disappeared and he recovered from that illness.

The King and his company praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10' 10' 10' 10' Refrain: 10' 10'
No. of Stanzas: 13
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
church (construction of) , king, legs (injured or swollen), matins, Saturday (devoted to Virgin Mary), swelling, vigil, boots
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
Los endecasílabos de Alfonso X: Estudio sobre las Cantigas
Hanssen, Friedrich
Los orígenes del culto de Santa María del Puerto, 1255-1500
Hisan, Pedro (pseud.) [ = Sancho de Sopranís, Hipólito]
Alfonso X y las Cantigas a Santa Maria
Martínez Alfonso, Manuel
Historia del Puerto de Santa María
Sancho Mayi [Sopranís], Hipólito
When your Lover is the Virgin Mary: A New Approach to the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X of Castile
Scarborough, Connie L.