Llampegia i Menussa

  • 28 April a 2016
Llampegia i Menussa


It was a time that the Pyrenees still running the giant bears and Cerdanya was inhabited by wild hunters. In the midst of a great plain, concealed between forests, an ancient village called Lyvia stood. Lyvia that was protected by a fence colossal rulls, and had been built many centuries ago by the giant Hercules.
Hercules had built himself returning from his adventures in Africa, but in the times that went the facts here explained, the old Lyvia and called Llivia, as we now call it, and was protected by a wall stone where Cerretani, hunters took refuge Cerdanya. Throughout the centuries many tribes had passed through the Cerdanya, one had fallen and others had gone ahead, to where the mountains end and begins the plain. Now, at the time that elapses this legend, they had reached the Muslim warriors led by Munussa, a tall, strong man on a horse the color of cherries. Munussa had blue eyes and black hair, and always wore dark clothing. A few years ago that Muslims had won the previous occupants of the Iberian Peninsula, called Visigoths. Then the Caliph of Cordoba distributed land among his captains. A Munussa, bravest of the brave, accounted Cerdanya, high and pretty flat in the middle of the Pyrenees, snow and cold blue water ponds.

But in Europe still he ruled Odo, Duke of Aquitaine, one of the Visigoths that had not yet been overcome. Odo was peaceful and old, and either because he feared the daring Muslims, or because it was not a man of war, wanted to make peace with Munussa, which had already been established in the old Lyvia, so Odon, hoping to do lasting peace Munussa invited to meet his palace of Carcassonne, along the river Auda.

Have the jugglers in the city of Carcassonne, Princess Lampègia, daughter of the Duke, when one morning climbed to the highest tower of the castle, saw advance along the Auda river, a large procession: the sun shone on the shields warriors; flags, blue and white, black and red, shaking in the wind, and amid the drums and trumpets Munussa rode his horse fire. Lampègia ran down the stairs of the tower and asked his father who the man riding the horse the color of the cherries was, and the father replied that it was Munussa, governor of Llívia among Cerdanya meadows. And from that day the princess was in love with Munussa Lampègia. But when the love of the Princess had to remain secret in his heart, because the war between the Caliph of Cordoba and his father was more important.

Munussa was received with all kinds of parties at the castle of Duke Odo, between music and food. Munussa was ambitious, but he was also a man tired of war, so he listened with satisfaction the peace deal that made him the Duke. Having heard the proposal Odon, Munussa came to rest in the rooms reserved for him a part of the palace. Munussa room was adorned with rich tapestries depicting battles when the Visigoths were still powerful enough to conquer most of Europe. But those historians who wanted tapestries explain the power that had the ancient Visigoths Munussa not impressed.

Here, however, the room Munussa gave into the palace garden, and from a window could see the most beautiful landscape that had witnessed. And were not the river and green mountains liked what Munussa but a beautiful young woman who harvested apples from the orchard putting them in a basket of palm. Munussa was delighted with the vision of the girl, the grace of her hands and pulled the blond hair that reflections from the midday sun. She, not knowing who watched, he continued picking apples laughs and songs, joys that in the eyes of Munussa added further reasons rapture.

Talks between Odon and Muslim guest continued, and lasted many days, so many days Munussa, at dusk, poured in the window to see the girl with the apples. At the end the two leaders agreed and agree a peace between them, and an agreement to help against any who would attack them. But behold, they could not agree on the way to seal the commitment: the Duke offered Munussa marry his daughter, Princess of Aquitaine. But Munussa who was in love with the young garden of the castle, looking for ways to ask the Duke to him under the hand of the girl in the garden. In the end, however, Munussa, although somewhat reluctantly yielded to his viziers advised to accept the daughter of the Duke, once accepted Odo Princess would ask to drop the girl in the garden as a companion of the Princess; Duke certainly would not deny them that favor. And so it was agreed, and although he preferred the unknown girl Menussa apples, knew that if he wanted to save the peace agreement should accept Lampègia wife Princess, daughter of Odon, a woman who imagined pretentious and conceited. And how was the surprise and joy of discovering Munussa, the day of the wedding, the Princess Lampègia was none other than the girl with the apples he had been secretly in love.

Bella gatherer of apples; Princess of Aquitaine he said to ear as he will present I have stolen the heart while the golden fruits recogías backyard.

And then it was Lampègia Munussa who confessed that she had been the one above first love only see his red horse, with hair in the wind and the sun bright-to face.

But good luck does not last forever and love Lampègia and her beloved, and also peace between Menussa and the Duke of Aquitaine, was a great dream, but brief. In the bright Córdoba, capital of Al-Andaluz. Al-Hisham Emir, distrusting the tribe of Munussa, which had nothing of confidence, when he learned the pacts established between the governor of Llívia and Duke Odo decided to send the Pyrenees, road Cerdanya, a large exercised to undo that alliance could undermine the power of the Muslims of Cordoba. So Al Hisham, head of five thousand men on foot and three thousand horse, climbed into the mountains along the Segre river to La Seu d'Urgell, and from La Seu d'Urgell Al Hisham attacked Llívia Cerdanya, surrounding the existing hill fort. Emir troops were countless, however Munussa Warriors were scarce, were no more than a thousand men on foot and on horseback, along with the shepherds and woodcutters Cerretani addicts. The time came for Menussa and fatal for Princess, the dream of love between the Muslim and Christian had not lasted long.
At night, realizing that resistance was useless and that the soldiers of the Emir, having assaulted the castle walls, began to burn the houses of the village, Munussa decided to escape with Lampègia; They would run along the paths of the mountain to find the Auda river, and would continue to Carcassonne, where resisted Odon, last Duke of Aquitaine.

In the midst of the soldiers who burned and robbed, scrapped amid furniture and houses in ruins, amid the screams of the injured, the two lovers made their way to the stables where Leon was waiting, the red horse. They rode the two and the animal broke fast with wings on the legs. But he could not pass between the soldiers without one of the warriors who guarded recognized them and gave the alarm.

-Munussa Run! Munussa run! He and the princess; The weapons, weapons!

Four leagues from Llivia, by a fountain of clear water, they wanted to rest. He munussa not trust, but no warning no sign of the pursuers, he dismounted and Princess to cool. And right there four soldiers assaulted the Emir that surprised aforethought.

To be surrounded with no way out, brave as a bear, Munussa desperately launched against enemies. He fought knuckle and agility, and wounded two of the pursuers. But in the end he was defeated and fell like a brave man. Lampègia, horrified, had to watch his love died amid a large bloodstain reddening the earth. After the fight, one of the soldiers, amazed by the courage of Munussa and beauty of Lampègia, took Munussa by the hair and a sword blow he severed the head from the body, and attaching it to the tail of the red horse, gave a slap on the buttocks to put the horse to run on the roads of the Pyrenees. And they say the nights Cerdanya stays moonless near the fountain where they killed Munussa can feel mourn Princess Lampègia by her Muslim lover, and you can hear ride the horse Munussa above the crags, head of its owner still tied to the tail.

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