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CSM Number : 38
Short name: The Bleeding Image of the Christ-Child Alternative: The Bleeding Child-Christ [Déols; Brabantine blasphemer]
Incipit: Pois que Deus quis da Virgen fillo/ seer
Refrain: Pois que Deus quis da Virgen fillo/ seer por nos pecadores salvar/ porende non me maravillo/ se lle pesa de quen lle faz pesar.
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Setting: Chateauroux, Poitou [Castro Radolfo] Protagonist(s): a woman and some gamblers

The Count of Poitiers expelled some monks of Chateauroux from their monastery. The monastery was taken over by rogues and gamblers.

A woman came to the monastery to pray to a statue of the Virgin in the sacristy.

One of the gamblers mocked her and threw a stone at the statue. The stone broke the arm of the Christ Child, but the Virgin caught the limb.

Blood flowed from the wound and the Virgin bared her breasts.

Demons carried off the gambler who had thrown the stone, and his flesh was eaten by two of his demon-possessed companions. They then drowned in a river.

The Count and his men visited the monastery. One of the knights had a stone lodged in his jaw and prayed for it to be removed. He coughed up the stone and it was placed on the altar.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10' 14 10' 14 8' 10 8' 10 Refrain: 8' 10 8' 10
No. of Stanzas: 11
Rhyme scheme: ABAB | cdcdcdcb Zejel:
MS locations:
T38, E38, To41
Poncelet reference
Circa annum Dñi 1187 cum Philippus iunior post Ludovicum (168)
blasphemy, blood, breast, cannibalism, count , cursing, devils, drowning, gambling, iconoclasts, image (of Virgin Mary), jaw, madness, monastery, mockery, monks, warfare, wine, wound
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Miracle Collection
The Bleeding Child-Christ [Déols; Brabantine blasphemer] Vincent de Beauvais
The Bleeding Child-Christ [Déols; Brabantine blasphemer] Mariale Magnum
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale lat 3177)
The Bleeding Child-Christ [Déols; Brabantine blasphemer] Miraculorum B. Mariae. libri III
(Reims 1400)
The Bleeding Child-Christ [Déols; Brabantine blasphemer] BL Mariale 5
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 2, ff. 70-92)
The Bleeding Child-Christ [Déols; Brabantine blasphemer] Johannes Herolt
’Alea jacta est’: at the gaming table with Alfonso the Learned
Carpenter, Dwayne E.
Contribution à l’étude des Cantigas d’Alphonse le Savant d’apres les codices de l’Escurial
Collet, Henri, and Luis Villalba
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Las mujeres y los dados en la poesía de Alfonso X
Fidalgo Francisco, Elvira
Seeing is Believing: The Miniatures in the Cantigas de Santa Maria and Medieval Devotional Practices
Kennedy, Kirstin
Las Cantigas del Rey Sabio
Valera, Juan