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Faits des Romains
Northern France or Belgium, ca. 1460
MS M.213 fol. 111v

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Julius Caesar: Scene, Civil Wars, Battle of Ilerda -- Julius Caesar, bearded, wearing gold imperial crown over hood and heraldic coat of or with displayed double-headed eagle (possibly arms of Holy Roman Empire), holds scepter in hands, walks amid group of helmeted soldiers, some wearing hats or headgear, at least three hold decorated bannered lances, several hold spears beside six tents. Among two workers, one holds mallet driving in stake on the foremost tent. All before crenellated city wall of Ilerda. Scene in landscape with trees. Figures painted in grisaille. Decorated with ivy-rinceaux and floreate ornament in border above and below left column, including daisies, miniature within gold frame. Initial Q of Quant decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature for Chapter 973 of Faits de Romains. See text edition, Flutre (1935-38): Part III, Chapter 6, Section 1, War with Spain against Marcus Petreius and Lucius Afranius, lieutenants of Pompey.

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