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CSM Number : 374
Short name: The Raiders who Offered a Robe to the Virgin Alternative: Raiders offer robe to Virgin
Incipit: Muito quer Santa Maria
Refrain: Muito quer Santa Maria/ a Sennor de ben conprida/ que quand’ aos seus ajuda/ que seja deles servida.
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Setting: the chapel of a castle in Jerez Protagonist(s): some Christian soldiers

There was a castle in Jerez that had been taken from the Moors. It had a chapel dedicated to the Virgin.

A group of Christian footsoldiers went on many raids against the Moors, but they never captured any spoils. They were good raiders, but rapacious. Everytime they ventured forth, they were discovered and beaten badly.

They realised that this was because of their sins, and they confessed them and determined to live correctly. They held a vigil in the Virgin’s chapel in the castle. They vowed to give her the most beautiful and valuable thing they stole in their next raid.

The following day, the Virgin caused them to defeat a large company of Moors and to find a very luxurious purple robe embroidered in gold.

They offered it to the Virgin and found that it was exactly the same size as her altar.

The raiders praised the Virgin. From then on, they were successful in all of their expeditions and won plenty of booty.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
booty, chapel (in castle), Muslims/Moors, robe, vigil, warfare, altar, altarcloth, cloth, gold
Click HERE for a list of recordings of this poem
Heretics and Infidels: the Cantigas de Santa María as Ideological Instrument of Cultural Codfication
Bollo Panadero, María Dolores
’Textos de persecución’: formación ideológica y hegemonía en la literatura castellana de los siglos XII-XV
Bollo Panadero, María Dolores
Historia de Jerez de la Frontera desde su incorporación a los dominios cristianos, I: 1255-1492
Sancho de Sopranís, Hipólito