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CSM Number : 64
Short name: The Woman who could not Remove her Slipper Alternative: Shoe stuck on foot
Incipit: Quen mui ben quiser o que ama guardar
Refrain: Quen mui ben quiser o que ama guardar/ a Santa Maria o dev’ a encomendar.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: Aragón Protagonist(s): a noble woman

A nobleman, who had a beautiful wife, was summoned for military service by his lord.

His wife asked him to assign her a guardian. He commended her to the Virgin Mary.

A knight fell in love with the woman and tried to seduce her. He sent an old woman with presents to lure her.

The woman forced her to try on some slippers of Cordovan leather. The woman tried one, but could not remove it. No one else could pull it off either. Her foot was stuck in the slipper for a month and a year.

When the nobleman returned, his wife confessed what she had done.

He forgave her, told her that the Virgin had protected her, and removed the shoe.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13 13 13 13 Refrain: 11 13
No. of Stanzas: 18
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T64, E64, To52
Poncelet reference
go-between, guardian, image (of Virgin Mary), knight, letter , lovesickness, lust, mass, noblewoman, slipper, warfare
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Courtly Love as Ritual in Early Medieval Spanish Poetry
Burt, John R.
Composición, estilo y texto en la miniatura del Códice Rico de las CSM,
Chico Picaza, Maria Victoria
Alfonso X, compositor
Ferreira, Manuel pedro
Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. I. Madres y mujeres casadas
Fidalgo, Elvira
Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. II. Las trabajadoras. III. Las Evas
Fidalgo, Elvira
Viejos, viejas y alcahuetas. Consideraciones acerca de la vejez en las Cantigas de Santa María
Fidalgo, Elvira
Os carteiros das Cantigas
Filgueira Valverde, José
A retórica visual no Códice Rico das Cantigas de Santa María
Iacob, Mihai
Alfonso X el Sabio, un rey ’cantigueiro’
Llorens Cistero, José María
Text-music mismatches in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Alfonso X the Learned. Cantigas de Santa Maria. An Anthology
Parkinson, Stephen
Antología de Alfonso el Sabio
Peña, Margarita
Antecedentes celestinescos en las Cantigas de Santa María
Sánchez Castañer y Mena, Francisco
La pecadora penitente en el teatro español: Sus fuentes y evolución
Sánchez Castañer y Mena, Francisco
Personajes celestinescos en las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Castañer y Mena, Francisco
Clues to the authorship of the Cantigas de Santa Maria from the Toledo manuscript
Snow, Joseph
Alfonso X, el Sabio. Antología
Solalinde, Antonio G.