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Pastrana Tapestries of Alfonso V of Portugal, 15C

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Pastrana Tapestries of Alfonso V of Portugal - late 15th Century
In the late 1400s a set of four tapestries was created to commemorate the exploits of Alfonso V (1432 – 1481), king of Portugal, in North Africa. Probably commissioned by the king himself, the tapestries were woven on a monumental scale by Flemish weavers in Tournai, Belgium. They have been the property of the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Pastrana, Spain, since the seventeenth century. The tapestries represent Alfonso's campaigns in Morocco where his troops won major victories in 1471 at the coastal cities of Asilah and Tangier, strategically located near the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar.

Pastrana Tapestries - Portuguese Landing at Asilah
Portuguese Landing at Asilah, The Portuguese Fleet off the Coast of Morocco
Portuguese Landing at Asilah, Alfonso V and his son João, mounted
Portuguese Landing at Asilah, Alfonso V and his son João on foot
Portuguese Landing at Asilah, Moroccans Prepare to Defend

Pastrana Tapestries - Portuguese Siege of Asilah
Portuguese Siege of Asilah, The Bombardment
Portuguese Siege of Asilah, Detail of bombard
Portuguese Siege of Asilah, Large detail of bombard
Portuguese Siege of Asilah, King Alfonso V on Horseback

Pastrana Tapestries - Portuguese Assault on Asilah
Portuguese Assault on Asilah, Prince João on Horseback
Portuguese Assault on Asilah, King Alfonso V on Horseback
Portuguese Assault on Asilah, Detail of King Alfonso V on Horseback

Pastrana Tapestries - Portuguese Conquest of Tangier
Portuguese Conquest of Tangier, The Portuguese Commander
Portuguese Conquest of Tangier, The Portuguese Army
Portuguese Conquest of Tangier, The Portuguese Banner is Planted on the Gatehouse
Portuguese Conquest of Tangier, The Defeated Inhabitants Leave
Portuguese Conquest of Tangier, Detail of the Defeated Inhabitants

See also Warfare and Firearms in Fifteenth Century Morocco, 1400-1492 By Weston F. Cook Jr.

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Pastrana Tapestries of Alfonso V of Portugal - late 15th Century

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