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Faits des Romains
Northern France or Belgium, ca. 1460
MS M.213 fol. 31v

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Julius Caesar: Scene, Conquest of Gaul, Battle of Sabis -- Among groups of helmeted soldiers (including Romans, Nervians and Atrebates), standing on shores of River Selle (erroneously identified as River Sambre), four hold shields, four aim arrows in bow, two hold crossbows, two hold decorated bannered lances, one raises scimitar, several hold spears; four soldiers are partly submerged in water, one aims arrow in bow. Scene in grassy landscape with trees in background. Figures painted in grisaille. Decorated with ivy-rinceaux and floreate ornament in border above and below center margin, including daisies, miniature within gold frame. Initial A of Au decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature for Chapter 900 of Faits des Romains. See text edition, Flutre (1935-38): Part II, Chapter 4, Section 22, War against the Belgians.

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