The Black Trumpeter at Henry VIII's Tournament


This image, an extract from the 60ft-long Westminster Tournament Roll, shows six trumpeters, one of whom is Black and is almost certainly John Blanke. All the trumpeters are wearing yellow and grey, with blue purses at their waists. John Blanke is the only one wearing a brown turban latticed with yellow. He is mounted on a grey horse with a black harness.

Westminster Tournament Roll (1511)
By permission of The College of Arms, London

 

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