A Caucasian & a Negro Swordsman Fighting
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Vercelli, Italy, about 1040
An extract from Court Records and Cartoons by Peter Koch pp414-415 in Historical Dialogue Analysis edited by Andreas H. Jucker, Gerd Fritz, Franz Lebsanft, 1999.
Vercelli (Piemont); about 1040 (Mosaic from the church of S. Maria Maggiore)
Picture Source: Getty.
This portrays two fighters duelling with shields and swords.
The utterances they shout at each other are reproduced in written form: fol! 'idiot' on the lefthand edge of the picture and fel! 'villain' on the righthand.
See a similar compositon in Two infantry fighting, Casale Monferrato, Italy, mid-11th to early 12th century
Early Andalusian Infantrymen, in Armies of the Dark Ages 600-1066 by Ian Heath, based on the mosaic from S. Maria Maggiore, Vercelli
Negro Soldiers, 12th-13th centuries, in Armies of Feudal Europe 1066-1300 by Ian Heath, based on the mosaic from S. Maria Maggiore, Vercelli
11th century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers