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Faits des Romains
Northern France or Belgium, ca. 1460
MS M.213 fol. 49v

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Julius Caesar: Scene, Conquest of Gaul, Combat with Nervians -- Among group of seven helmeted soldiers and men, possibly Nervians (Gauls), some wearing brimmed hats, three aim arrows in bows, two hold crossbows and at least one holds shield, all stand on grassy shore before river and wattle-fence which encloses six helmeted soldiers (Romans), some holding bows and one holding spear, amid trees. In background, group of soldiers and one bearded man, possibly Quintus Tullius Cicero, wearing turban-like headgear, are before four tents. Figures painted in grisaille. Decorated with ivy-rinceaux and floreate ornament in border above and below center margin, including daisies and strawberries, miniature within gold frame. Initial Q of Quant decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature for Chapter 922 of Faits des Romains. See text edition, Flutre (1935-38): Part II, Chapter 12, Section 19, Attack on Quintus Tullius Cicero’s camp.

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