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CSM Number : 78
Short name: The Slandered Man who was Spared from Burning Alternative: Slandered man is spared burning
Incipit: Non pode prender nunca morte vergonnosa
Refrain: Non pode prender nunca morte vergonnosa/ aquele que guarda a Virgen gloriosa.
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Setting: Toulouse Protagonist(s): the

The Count of Toulouse favoured one of his courtiers. The man was devoted to the Virgin and refused to hear any mass but hers.

The other courtiers were jealous of the pious man and plotted against him. They lied to the count, slandering him and accusing him of terrible crimes.

The count decided to burn the man and had a furnace prepared by a lime burner. He instructed the lime burner to throw into the fire the first man who came his way.

He sent his victim on an errand to the lime burner, but, on his way, the man stopped to hear mass recited at a hermitage.

The count, thinking the deed had been done, sent another man to the lime burner. This man was the one who had slandered the Count’s favourite. The lime burner seized him and threw him into the flames.

When the count saw the good man alive and learned of the slanderer’s death, he realised justice had been served. He wept, praising the Virgin, and promised to have the miracle proclaimed in all her churches.

Metrical data
Stanza: 12' 12' 12' 12' Refrain: 12' 12'
No. of Stanzas: 17
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T78, E78, To53
Poncelet reference
burning, count , false accusation, fire, furnace, hermitage, lime (burning of), mass, slander, jealousy
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La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del Rey Alfonso el Sabio: Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. II
Anglés, Higinio
La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
A inserción do ’verbo antigo’ na literatura medieval
Filgueira Valverde, José
Spanische Miscellen
Helfferich, Adolf
Crestomatia arcaica: excertos da literatura portuguesa, desde o que mais antigo se conhece até ao século XVI
Nunes, José Joaquim
El tema de la ’Cantiga’ 78 y sus secuelas en la traducción catalana de un cuento francés y en Timoneda (P. 17)
Romera Castillo, José
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
Una cantiga de Alfonso X: el niño de Alcaraz
Torres Fontes, Juan