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CSM Number : 9
Short name: The Icon of Sardonay Alternative: Image of Sardenay
Incipit: Por que nos ajamos/ sempre, noit’ e dia
Refrain: Por que nos ajamos/ sempre, noit’ e dia/ dela renembrança/ en Domas achamos/ que Santa Maria/ fez gran demostrança.
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Setting: Sardonay, near Damascus Protagonist(s): a noble woman and a monk

A rich, noble and good woman owned an inn in Sardonay. A monk, bound for Syria, stayed there and she begged him to return when he had completed his pilgrimage. She asked him to bring her an image of the Virgin. texto galego

The monk went to Jerusalem, visited the holy sites, and was about to leave when a voice from heaven reminded him of his promise. He turned back and bought the best image of the Virgin he could find.rnrntexto galego

On the road, he encountered a fierce lion that approached, but did not attack him.rnrntexto galego

Some thieves tried to kill him, but a voice from heaven warned them to leave him alone. The monk, realising that the image he was carrying had special powers, resolved to keep it. rnrntexto galego

He boarded a ship bound for Constantinople. A storm arose and threatened to sink it. The monk was told by a heavenly voice to hold the image aloft, and when he did so, the storm abated.rnrntexto galego

He went to the inn in Sardonay, but was pleased that the owner did not recognise him. Again, he decided to keep the image for himself. As punishment, he was prevented from leaving. The monk finally relinquished the image. When he had placed it on the altar, oil flowed from it.rnrntexto galego

Metrical data
Stanza: 11’ [5’ 5’] 11’ [5’ 5’] 11’ [5’ 5’] 11’ [5’ 5’] 5’ 5’ 5’ 5’ 5’ 5’ Refrain: 5’ 5’ 5’ 5’ 5’ 5’
No. of Stanzas: 15
Rhyme scheme: ABC ABC | dedeabcabc Zejel:
MS locations:
T9, E9, To9
Poncelet reference
Fuit apud Damascum quaedam sanctimonialis Deum timens (554)
exit (barred), Holy Sepulchre, icon, image (of Virgin Mary), innkeeper, lion, mistress, monks, noblewoman, oil (exuded from image), pilgrimage, storm, thief/ thieves
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Miracle Collection
Sardenay Gautier de Coinci
Image of Sardenay Cornell Mariale
(Cornell, MS B.14)
Sardenay Caesarius of Heisterbach
Cantigas en versión para arpa de María Rosa Calvo- Manzano
Calvo- Manzano, María Rosa
Il libro etiopico d ei miracoli di Maria e le sue fonti nelle letterature del Medio Evo latino
Cerulli, E.
A Paleographic Edition of the Alfonsine Collection of Prose Miracles of the Virgin
Chatham, James R.
Iconos dentro de la miniaturas de las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Corti, Francisco
Imágenes de la Virgen en los códices medievales de España
Delclaux, Federico
Sources of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio [AC]
Dexter, Elise Forsythe
Fuentes y contexto histórico de algunos milagros de Cesario de Heisterbach poéticamente marianizados y musicalizados e las Cantigas de Santa Maria, de Alfonso X el Sabio, y su relación con el monasterio de Gumiel de Izán
Ferreira Alemparte, Jaime
Entre Ave y Eva: las mujeres de las Cantigas de Santa María. II. Las trabajadoras. III. Las Evas
Fidalgo, Elvira
Musical Analysis and Poetic Structure in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Huseby, Gerardo Víctor
A retórica visual no Códice Rico das Cantigas de Santa María
Iacob, Mihai
Saint and Simulacra: Images of the Virgin in the Cantigas de Santa María of Alfonso X of Castile (1252-1284)
Jackson, Deirdre Elizabeth
Las traducciones castellanas de las Cantigas de Santa María
Keller, John E. and Robert W. Linker
A Feasible Source of the Denouements of the Exemplos in El Conde Lucanor
Keller, John Esten
Seeing is Believing: The Miniatures in the Cantigas de Santa Maria and Medieval Devotional Practices
Kennedy, Kirstin
Viajeros y Peregrinos en las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Manzi, Ofelia, & Francisco Corti
O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria
Martins, Mário
Ortografía ’alfonsí’? Para a análise grafemática dos testemuños poéticos en galego da segunda metade do século XIII
Monteagudo, Henrique
Antología de Alfonso el Sabio
Peña, Margarita
Literatura galega medieval. I. A história. II. Antoloxia de textos comentados (lírica e prosa)
Pena, Xosé Ramón
Textos de literatura portuguesa. I: Afonso X, o Sábio
Rodrigues Lapa, Manuel
Alfonso X el Sabio y la pintura sobre tabla
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
Tres ensayos sobre el arte en las Cantigas de Santa Maria de Alfonso el Sabio
Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier
Alfonso X, el Sabio. Antología
Solalinde, Antonio G.