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CSM Number : 39
Short name: The Fire at Mont Saint-Michel
Incipit: Torto seria grand’ e desmesura
Refrain: Torto seria grand’ e desmesura/ de prender mal da Virgen sa figura.
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Setting: San Miguel de Tomba [Mont St Michel] Protagonist(s): This miracle lacks human agents

One night, lighting struck the monastery of Mont St Michel, which sits on the crest of a rock.

Everything in the church was destroyed, but the fire did not burn the statue of the Virgin.

Not even smoke or heat touched the statue, and the veil it was wearing was not scorched.

In a similar manner, the Virgin protected with her garment “the Hebrew in the furnace” / “come o ebreo guardou no forno con ssa vestidura.”

All of the people were amazed that the veil was intact and the paint on the statue was not damaged.

Rather, the statue seemed to have been bathed in rose water and it emitted that fragrance.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10' 10' 10' 10' Refrain: 10' 10'
No. of Stanzas: 7
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel:
MS locations:
T39, E39, To43
Poncelet reference
Altera cella tibi, Michael, adscribitur, in qua Servorum (70)
fire, image (of Virgin Mary), Jews, lightning, monastery, Saint Michael, veil
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Miracle Collection
Fire at Mont St. Michel Pez
Fire at Mont St. Michel Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
Fire at Mont St. Michel Phillips
(Chicago, University of Chicago, Phillipps MS 25142)
Fire at Mont St. Michel Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
Fire at Mont St. Michel BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
Fire at Mont St. Michel Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
Fire at Mont St. Michel John of Garland
Fire at Mont St. Michel Gonzalo de Berceo
Fire at Mont St. Michel Madrid Mariale
(Madrid, B.N., MS 110)
Fire at Mont St. Michel BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
Fire at Mont St. Michel Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
Fire at Mont St. Michel Johannes Herolt
Fire at Mont St. Michel Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
Fire at Mont St. Michel BL Mariale 1
(Cotton Cleopatra C.x., ff. 101-144v)
’La Arquitectura desde la Miniatura’, una aproximación desde la Baja Edad Media castellana
Chico Picaza, María Victoria
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Fita, Fidel
Los endecasílabos de Alfonso X: Estudio sobre las Cantigas
Hanssen, Friedrich
Zwei Wörter aus den Cantigas de Santa María
Mettmann, Walter