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CSM Number : 386
Short name: The Fish provided for King Alfonso’s Cortes Alternative: The Virgin provides fish for Alfonso X and his Cortes
Incipit: A que avondou do vinno/ aa dona de Bretanna
Refrain: A que avondou do vinno/ aa dona de Bretanna/ ar avondou de pescado/ un rei com mui gran companna.
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Setting: Seville Protagonist(s): King Alfonso X

After King don Alfonso had subjected Granada to tribute, he returned to Seville and held a great council (cortes). Men, from all over his kingdoms, came to Seville to attend it.

The King explained why he had assembled them and they approved of his words and swore to serve him faithfully.

The King granted their petitions and had charters made about these things. Then he invited the entire company to dine with him.

Because it was Saturday, the King’s stewards had to serve fish to that crowd, and none were to be had in Seville. They complained to the King, but he assured them that the Virgin would provide. He ordered the stewards to go and inspect his canals, and promised them that they would find plenty of fish.

In a canal, the stewards found four boats loaded with fish and brought them back to Seville.

Everyone had enough to eat, and the King, seeing this, wept and praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 15' 15' 15' 15' Refrain: 15' 15'
No. of Stanzas: 13
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
Poncelet reference
cortes , fish, food (shortage of), king, petition, provision (miraculous, of food or drink), Saturday (devoted to Virgin Mary), steward, warfare, canal
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Alfonso X el Sabio
Ballesteros y Beretta, Antonio
Poesía de santuarios
Filgueira Valverde, José
The thaumaturgy of regal piety: Alfonso X and the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Lappin, Anthony
Criterio agrupador de las Cantigas de Santa María
Montoya Martínez, Jesús
The Cantigas de Santa Maria as an Historical Source: Two Examples (nos. 321 and 386)
O’Callaghan, Joseph F.
Antología de Alfonso el Sabio
Peña, Margarita
Alfonso X of Castile: Patron of Literature and Learning
Procter, Evelyn S.