Cantiga 18 of the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X
The Silkworms that Wove Veils
A woman in Segovia kept silkworms.
Source: Plate 3 'Daily Life Depicted In The Cantigas de Santa Maria' by Keller & Cash
Some of them died. She vowed to give a length of silk for a veil to adorn the statue of the Virgin on the altar.
The silkworms thrived, but the woman forgot her promise.
On the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin, while she was praying before the statue, she remembered her vow.
She rushed home and discovered that the silkworms had woven two veils.
King Alfonso took the most beautiful veil to his chapel to be displayed on holy days.
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