Berthold Schwarz, German Franciscan monk, c 1380.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Berthold Schwarz, German Franciscan monk, c 1380.

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Description

Etching. Plate taken from 'Monuenta Pulveris Pyrll' depicting Berthold Schwarz, a semi-legendary German Franciscan monk of Freiburg, who real name was Konstantin Anklitzen, nicknamed Schwarz ('black') due to his chemical experiments. Around 1320 he is said to have brought gunpowder (or guns) into practical use.
 

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10321226
 

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