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La Conquête de Constantinople, by Geoffroi de Villehardouin
Venice, c.1330

Collection: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
Shelfmark: MS. Laud Misc. 587
Type of object: Manuscript
Material: Parchment
Author (if known): Geoffroi de Villehardouin
Title text: La Conquête de Constantinople.
Country or nationality of origin: Italian
Place of origin: Venice
Date: c. 1330
Folio or page no.: fol. 001r
Whole page or detail: detail
Image description: Detail: lower border: crusaders arrive at Constantinople armed with spears and bows and arrows. Ship has two towers and a mangonel.
Source: Bodleian Library, Oxford, England

The "B"s on the flag stand for Βασιλεύς Βασιλέων Βασιλεύων Βασιλευόντων ("King of Kings Reigning over those who Rule"), which originally referred to Christ, but was co-opted by the Byzantine emperor.

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