These Cantigas are comprised of 420 medieval poems, all of which mention the Virgin Mary
King Alfonso was a prolific writer in many different fields including poetry, law, science, and history. The “Cantigas de Santa Maria (“Canticles of Holy Mary,” in English), famous for their musical notation and literary merit, are commonly attributed to him.
These Cantigas are one of the most important medieval songs collections. They are comprised of 420 poems and every single one of them mentions the Virgin Mary. There are four manuscript codices containing the Cantigas: two at El Escorial, one at Madrid’s National Library, and one in Florence.
You can listen to Alfonso X’s Cantigas, preformed by the Capella Reial of Catalonia, directed by Jordi Savall, in the video below:
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