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CSM Number : 76
Short name: The Image of the Christ Child that was Held for Ransom Alternative: Christ-Child Seized as Pledge
Incipit: Quen as sas figuras da Virgen partir
Refrain: Quen as sas figuras da Virgen partir/ quer das de seu Fillo, fol é sen mentir.
Summary of narrative
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a woman and her adult son

A woman had a son who was a brawler, gambler, and a thief.

A judge found the youth with stolen goods and sent him to the gallows.

The grief-stricken woman went into a church dedicated to the Virgin.

She approached a statue of the Virgin and Child and snatched the infant Christ from his mother’s arms. She threatened to hold Christ hostage until the Virgin returned her own son alive and well.

The Virgin revived the rogue and he was united with his mother.

The woman returned the statue of Christ and joined a convent.

Metrical data
Stanza: 13 13 11 11 Refrain: 11 11
No. of Stanzas: 8
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T76, E76
Poncelet reference
Femina quaedam simplicis et rectae vitae S. Mariam venerabatur (520)
execution, gallows, gambling, hanging, hostage (statue held), image (of Virgin Mary), judge, resurrection, thief/ thieves
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Miracle Collection
Christ-Child Seized as Pledge Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
Christ Child Seized as a Pledge Legenda Aurea (Voragine)
Christ-Child Seized as Pledge Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
Christ Child Seized as a Pledge Johannes Herolt
Christ-Child Seized as Pledge Li Miracoli de Senta Maria
Christ Child Seized as a Pledge Pseudo-Caesarius
Imágenes de la Virgen en los códices medievales de España
Delclaux, Federico
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Paralelismo discursivo de los delitos de hurto y robo en las Siete Partidas y Las Cantigas de Santa Maria’
Igkesias, Yolanda, and David Navarro
Poesía juglaresca y juglares: aspectos de la historia literaria y cultural de España
Menéndez Pidal, Ramón
Text-music mismatches in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Alfonso X, el Sabio
Valdeon Baruque, Julio