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CSM Number : 96
Short name: The Talking Head Alternative: Confitetur praedo (al. miles) letaliter saucius (al. capite iam amputato)
Incipit: Atal Sennor/ é bõa que faz salva-lo pecador
Refrain: Atal Sennor/ é bõa que faz salva-lo pecador.
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Setting: unspecified Protagonist(s): a headless man

A man tried to please the Virgin, but neglected to confess his sins.

One day, when he was passing through some mountains, thieves attacked him. They beheaded him and fled.

Four days later, when two Franciscans were passing by, they heard the corpse cry out, asking for confession.

The friars were startled, but discovered the body with the head miraculously reattached.

The man told them that thieves had killed him and devils had tried to carry off his soul. He said that the Virgin had overcome the devils and caused his head to be reattached so that he could make his confession.

The friars gathered a great crowd and the man made his confession. Afterwards, his head immediately detached from his body and he died. The people praised the Virgin.

Metrical data
Stanza: 10' 10' 10' 11 Refrain: 4 11
No. of Stanzas: 14
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T96, E96
Poncelet reference
Contigit anno Dñi 1225 in comitatu Nivernensi (al. Vernensi) (220)
behead, confession (see also repentance), devils, Franciscans, soul, thief/ thieves
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Miracle Collection
Prayer to Live for Confession [Nevers] Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
Prayer to Live for Confession [Nevers] Jean Mielot, Miracles de Nostre Dame
(Oxford, Bodleian, Douce MS 374)
Prayer to Live for Confession [Nevers] Johannes Herolt
Confession in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
MacKay, Angus, & Geraldine McKendrick
Viajeros y Peregrinos en las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Manzi, Ofelia, & Francisco Corti