June 22 2019 - A fascist trying to pick a fight at Bologna Pride gets more reaction than he bargained for.[video]


    Exit, pursued by bear.


    The description of the original video:


    “A neo-fascist, in all his Italian virility, begins to insult some women participating in Bologna Pride. This until, frightened by other protesters covered with glitter and by a bear far more virile than he, to devote himself to what the Fascists do best: escape.”




    La fuga, pursued by bear in glitter 🤣🤣🤣


    Bro, your Generic Fantasy Media™ is showing us a 20th Century English speaking hero decked out in 16th Century German armour using 12th Century Italian weapons to stab 9th Century Vikings in what appears to be a pastiche of 14th Century Romania, and the fact that this character is Black is the part that offends your commitment to historical accuracy?


    Here’s some historical accuracy:

    These illustrations are from a Fechtbuch (fight manual) by Paulus Hector Mair, published in Augsburg, Germany ca. 1540s.


    The text accompanying each drawing is about the move being performed. None of them make any comment about who’s performing the moves, only about how to perform them correctly and the consequences of error.


    This statue of St Maurice in Magdeburg Cathedral Germany dates to about 1250, and was clearly carved by someone who knew what Black Africans looked like or had one modelling for him.


    This reconstruction shows what the statue probably looked like when new; the spear was a separate accessory, the sword and even shield (as can be seen from its broken remnant in the photos of the original statue) was part of the carving.


    Regarding that shield and the details it would have concealed, there’s a story from the construction of the National Cathedral in Washington DC about an artisan carving similar never-to-be-seen detail; he was asked: “Why bother, who’ll know whether you did it or not?” and replied: “God will, and so will I.”

    (@dduane​ mentions it here.)

    These are later paintings of St Maurice, the first in the Metropolitan Museum New York USA by Lucas Cranach the Elder (~1520-25):


    …and by Matthias Grünewald (~1520-24) in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany, both wearing Maximilian-style armour:


    This armorial panel from 1521 shows Eva von Schönau, first wife of Jacob von Reinach-Steinbrunn (a wealthy landowner who later became Governor of Montbéliard in France), and is in the Historisches Museum, Basel, Switzerland.


    They were both armigerous (arms-bearing) families: his is the lion, hers are the rings.


    These drawings by Albrecht Durer were done in 1508 and 1521.


    It’s probably fair to say that away from trading ports and major centres of commerce, people of colour whether African, Middle Eastern or Asian were an unfamiliar sight in most of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

    However “unfamiliar” isn’t the same as “unknown”, and in addition, the high-status clothing of the Fechtbuch models, and Eva von Schönau’s family coat of arms, shows they weren’t always just servants or slaves.

    Worth noting.


    (Russian: Абра́м Петро́вич Ганнибал; c. 1696 – 14 May 1781[1]), was a Russian military engineer, major-general, and nobleman of African origin. Kidnapped as a child, Gannibal was taken to Russia and presented as a gift to Peter the Great, where he was freed, adopted and raised in the Emperor’s court household as his godson. “


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