Saladin, by an Anonymous Artist, c. 1300
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