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CSM Number : 61
Short name: The Man who Scorned the Virgin’s Slipper Alternative: A foolhardy cowherd avenged (Soissons)
Incipit: Fol é o que cuida
Refrain: Fol é o que cuida que non poderia/ faze-lo que quisesse Santa Maria.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Soissons Protagonist(s): : a sceptical man

A convent at Soissons owned a shoe belonging to the Virgin. A man questioned the authenticity of the relic.

As punishment, his mouth was twisted so that he was in agony.

He made a pilgrimage to see the shoe.

He repented of his blasphemy.

The abbess healed him by rubbing the shoe across his face.

He left his master’s service and became a servant at the convent.

Metrical data
Stanza: 11' 11' 11' 11' Refrain: 11' 11'
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T61, E61, To47
Poncelet reference
Servus cuiusdam militis Suessionensis operi rusticano (1645)
abbess, blasphemy, convent, mouth, relics, shoe (of Virgin Mary)
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Miracle Collection
A foolhardy cowherd avenged (Soissons) Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
A foolhardy cowherd avenged (Soissons) Hugo Farsitus
A foolhardy cowherd avenged (Soissons) Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
A foolhardy cowherd avenged (Soissons) Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
A foolhardy cowherd avenged (Soissons) John of Garland
A foolhardy cowherd avenged (Soissons) Gautier de Coinci
Another Aspect of the Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Davis, Jr, William Richard
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Reflexiones sobre las “Cantigas de Santa María” y su relación con otros mariales romances
Fidalgo Francisco, Elvira
Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Fita, Fidel
Seeing is Believing: The Miniatures in the Cantigas de Santa Maria and Medieval Devotional Practices
Kennedy, Kirstin
El culto de las reliquias en las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X el Sabio
Martín Ansón, Maria Luisa
A sátira na literatura medieval portuguesa (séculos XIII e XIV)
Martins, Mário
Osservazioni sulle Cantigas di Alfonso X e sui Miracles di Gautier de Coincy
Marullo, Teresa
Alfonso X, miracle collector
Parkinson, Stephen
Seis cantigas, transcriptas y harmonizadas con acompañamiento de órgano o harmonio. Textos originales y versiones en castellano
Pedrell, Felipe
Cancionero musical popular español
Pedrell, Felipe
Cuatro cantigas. XXVIII. LX. LXI. LXV.
Pedrell, Felipe
Cantigues d’Anfós el Savi
Pedrell, Felipe
Cantiga LXI de Alfonso el Sabio
Pedrell, Felipe
Tratado teórico práctico de Canto Gregoriano según la verdadera tradición
Uriarte, P. Eustaquio de
Alfonso X, el Sabio
Valdeon Baruque, Julio