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CSM Number : 379
Short name: The Attack of the Catalan Pirates Alternative: Catalonian pirate attack
Incipit: A que defende do demo/ as almas dos pecadores
Refrain: A que defende do demo/ as almas dos pecadores/ os seus defender ben pode/ d’ omes maos roubadores.
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Setting: Santa Maria do Porto Protagonist(s): merchants

The King established the town of Santa Maria do Porto and ordered it to be settled. He invited merchants to come there. He sent out letters assuring them that their possessions would be safe and his men would not harrass them.

As a result, merchants came there from many places, including Genoa and even Chartres.

Nevertheless, some Catalonian pirates attacked a Moorish ship heading for Santa Maria do Porto. They killed many of the Moors, took others captive, and stole all of their goods. They had no reverence for the Virgin, although they were on her territory.

The Virgin, however, did not allow them to get away with this. She made a fierce storm rise up and the pirates were forced to go to Seville.

They returned the stolen goods to the King and remained there in his service because they did dare to not return home at that time.

Everyone who heard the news praised the Virgin because she protects her colonists and even extends mercy to the Moors.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
king, Muslims/Moors, pirates, storm, thief/ thieves, vow, merchant, booty
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Some Characterizations of the Moor in Alfonso X’s Cantigas
Bagby, Albert
L'intento intertestuale della "translatio" melodica nelle Cantigas de Santa Maria
Colantuono, Maria Incoronata
Los alejandrinos de Alfonso X
Hanssen, Friedrich
Los orígenes del culto de Santa María del Puerto, 1255-1500
Hisan, Pedro (pseud.) [ = Sancho de Sopranís, Hipólito]
Paralelismo discursivo de los delitos de hurto y robo en las Siete Partidas y Las Cantigas de Santa Maria’
Igkesias, Yolanda, and David Navarro
Alfonso X y las Cantigas a Santa Maria
Martínez Alfonso, Manuel
Historia del Puerto de Santa María
Sancho Mayi [Sopranís], Hipólito