The Pastrana Tapestries of Alfonso V

Portuguese Siege of Asilah

Large detail of Bombard


Photograph by Paul M.R. Maeyaert
The Bombardment
The Portuguese bombard Asilah with cannon, cracking the walls. Some soldiers fire muskets and crossbows, while others are armed with long spears. Wooden screens in front of the cannon protect them against enemy projectiles. Before firing cannonballs, soldiers pulled on the ropes to raise the screen.


A smaller image focused on the bombard in The Pastrana Tapestries of Alfonso V
The large image of the Siege of Asilah
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