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Faits des Romains
Northern France or Belgium, ca. 1460
MS M.213 fol. 77v

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Julius Caesar: Scene, Conquest of Gaul, departing Bibracte -- Julius Caesar, wearing gold imperial crown and heraldic coat of or with double-headed eagle displayed (possibly arms of Holy Roman Empire), is mounted on saddled and bridled horse, feet in stirrups, accompanied by group of seven (?) helmeted soldiers, at least one mounted on horse, and two hold bannered lances, one holds shield, all depart city gate of Bibracte, surrounded by moat. Scene on path in grassy landscape with trees in background. Figures painted in grisaille. Decorated with ivy-rinceaux and floreate ornament in border above and below left column, including currants, miniature within gold frame. Initial Q of Quant decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature for Chapter 945 of Faits des Romains. See text edition, Flutre (1935-38): Part II, Chapter 19, Section 1, Submission of the Bituriges and Carnutes (Gallic tribes).

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