Alfonso X the Learned, Cantigas de Santa Maria

Edited by Stephen Parkinson

Critical Texts 40

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 April 2015  •  172pp

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The Cantigas de Santa Maria, commissioned by King Alfonso X of Castile (r. 1252-1284), are one of the largest medieval vernacular collections of lyric and narrative verse in praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The 419 poems in Galician-Portuguese , the unchallenged language of troubadour verse in medieval Western Iberia, include 357 stories of miracles of the Virgin, interspersed with praise songs, hymns, and poems relating to her feast days. The poems, some of which were composed by Alfonso himself, were set to music and preserved in four regal manuscripts, two of which added full-page illustrative miniatures providing a parallel visual narrative. This makes the Cantigas a unique master work of medieval Hispanic poetry, iconography, music and manuscript culture.

This Anthology presents the texts of 45 Cantigas de Santa Maria, together with the verse prologue to the collections, in a new critical edition designed for use both by students and scholars and by performers and their audiences. The critical apparatus includes full metrical interpretations and the captions of the illustrative miniatures. The edition is linked to the Cantigas de Santa Maria Database which contains full information on the texts and their sources.

Stephen Parkinson is Associate Professor in Portuguese Language and Linguistics at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of Linacre College. He has been Director of the Centre for the Study of the Cantigas de Santa Maria, home of the Cantigas de Santa Maria Database, since its inception in 2005.

Reviews:

  • ‘A new scholarly anthology with a balanced selection of songs—fresh, complete and competent—is welcome and overdue. Moreover, this preliminary view, in hard copy, of the promised full edition offers extraordinary value for the price.’ — Martha E. Schaffer, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 94, 2017, 1222-23
  • ‘Le scelte editoriali di P. appaiono nel complesso ade guate e contribuiscono a fornire un testo valido, che riesce nell’intento di rivolgersi con profitto sia al pubblico non specialistico, sia, grazie alla scrupolosità dell’analisi metrica e alla completezza degli apparati, a studenti universitari o a specialisti della letteratura romanza e galego-portoghese.’ — Simone Marcenaro, Medioevo Romanzo XLII.2, 2018, 466-69

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vi
Table of Contents
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vii-viii
Preface
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1-18
Introduction
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20-21
Anthology: Prologue
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22-25
1. Cantiga de loor (The Seven Joys)
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26-31
2. The Murdered Chorister
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32-33
3. The Pregnant Abbess
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34-37
4. The Minstrel of Rocamadour
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38-41
5. The Drowned Sacristan
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42-45
6. The Pilgrim to Santiago
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46-47
7. The Priest who Only Knew One Mass
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48-49
8. The Knight whose Goshawk was Returned by Santa Maria de Salas
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50-51
9. The Mountain Goats that Gave Milk to the Monks of Montserrat
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52-53
10. Cantiga de loor (Rosa das rosas)
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54-57
11. The Nun who was Slapped by a Crucifix
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58-63
12. The Woman who could not Remove her Slipper
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64-65
13. The Wife and the Mistress
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66-67
14. The Blasphemer who was Struck Dead
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68-69
15. Musa, the Girl Taken to Paradise
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70-71
16. Hieronymus is Made Bishop of Pavia
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72-75
17. The Bleeding Host
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76-77
18. The Possessed Man who was Exorcised at Salas
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78-79
19. The Talking Sheep
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80-81
20. Cantiga de loor (Eno nome de Maria)
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82-83
21. The Pilgrims to Rocamadour whose Meat was Stolen
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84-85
22. The Moors of Faro who Threw a Statue of the Virgin into the Sea
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86-91
23. The Muslim Servant
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92-93
24. The Rabid Man
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94-97
25. The Priest who Swallowed a Spider
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98-101
26. The Imprisoned Squire
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102-105
27. The Woman who could not Enter a Church
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106-107
28. The Stonemason who Survived a Great Fall
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108-111
29. The Girl who was Captivated by an Image of the Christ Child
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112-113
30. Cantiga de loor (Quen bõa dona querrá loar)
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114-117
31. The Merchant who Fell Overboard
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118-119
32. The Huntsman whose Skull was Crushed by a Bell
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120-121
33. King Alfonso is Healed by the Virgin’s Book
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122-123
34. King Alfonso is Healed
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124-127
35. The Priest who Scorned the Virgin
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128-129
36. The Dying Friar who was Tormented by the Devil
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130-133
37. The Fire at the Convent of Carrizo
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134-135
38. The Woman who was Healed of a Swollen Arm
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136-139
39. The King’s Ferret
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140-141
40. Cantiga de loor (Muito deveria ome sempr’ a loar)
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142-147
41. Epilogue (Petiçon)
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148-149
42. Cantiga de festa (The Annunciation)
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150-151
43. May Song
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152-153
44. Cantiga de loor (Santa Maria, estrela do dia)
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154-157
45. Cantiga de loor (Virgen madre groriosa)
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158-161
Bibliography
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162-164
Back Matter
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Bibliography entry:

Parkinson, Stephen (ed.), Alfonso X the Learned, Cantigas de Santa Maria, Critical Texts, 40 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2015)

First footnote reference: 35 Alfonso X the Learned, Cantigas de Santa Maria, ed. by Stephen Parkinson, Critical Texts, 40 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2015), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Parkinson, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Parkinson, Stephen (ed.). 2015. Alfonso X the Learned, Cantigas de Santa Maria, Critical Texts, 40 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Parkinson 2015: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Parkinson 2015: 21.

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