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Saladin, by an Anonymous Artist, c. 1300

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Saladin, by an Anonymous Artist, c. 1300.

Anonymous Medieval illustration of Saladin, sultan of Egypt who figured prominently in the Crusades. This illustration picks up on the European perception of Saladin as a larger than life ruler, a perception that does not fall prey to the kinds of prejudice or caricature one might expect. Dante places him in a privileged position in Limbo in the Divine Comedy. He also appears in two of Boccaccio's stories, cast in a largely positive light.


Anonymous: Saladin et son armée|French illuminated manuscript via Wikimedia Commons

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