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CSM Number : 97
Short name: The Slandered Man who was Exonerated Alternative: Slandered man exonerated (Cañete)
Incipit: A Virgen sempr’ acorrer/ a correr
Refrain: A Virgen sempr’ acorrer/ acorrer/ vai o coitad’, e valer/ e valer.
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Setting: Cañete (in Cuenca, Spain) Protagonist(s): a courtier named Matthew

A courtier named Matthew was slandered. The king summoned him.

Matthew grew distressed and prayed to the Virgin; he also donated a luxurious cloth to her church.

Then, fearing that he would be punished or killed, he went to meet the king.

The king asked Matthew whether he had committed the alleged crimes. Matthew denied the charges and suggested that the king summon one of his accusers so as to best judge the matter.

The king appointed an impartial man to uncover the truth. He wrote a report exonerating Matthew and sent it to the king.

The King realised that the man had been falsely accused and he never believed the slanderers again.

Metrical data
Stanza: 9 9 9 9 3 10 Refrain: 7 3 7 3
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AAAA | bbbbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T97, E97, ToAppendix 08
Poncelet reference
ex-voto, false accusation, king, letter , pardon, slander
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La música de las Cantigas de Santa María del rey Alfonso el Sabio. Facsímil, transcripción y estudio crítico vol. III
Anglés, Higinio
Mecanismos de envolvimento da instância autoral nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Bittencourt, Vanda de Oliveira
Os carteiros das Cantigas
Filgueira Valverde, José
The thaumaturgy of regal piety: Alfonso X and the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Lappin, Anthony
Doing lines: refrains and copyists in the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
A Selected and Annotated Discography of Recordings of Music from the Middle Ages in Spain
Tinnell, Roger D.