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The Battle of Roncevaux, 1475-1500
English: The Battle of Roncevaux

Southern Netherlands (Belgium, Tournai)
Wool and silk, tapestry woven

Violent war scenes on tapestries romanticised events from the past and connected them to modern conflicts. This fragment depicts the battle of Roncevaux in 778, when Roland, retainer of Charlemagne, fought King Marsile of Saragossa for control of Spain. The story is taken from the \'Song of Roland\', an epic French poem frequently used to rally the troops. Like the poem, the tapestry distorts events to portray the conflict as one between Christianity and Islam.

Collection ID: T.95-1962

This photo was taken as part of Britain Loves Wikipedia in February 2010 by Valerie McGlinchey.

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