"MD" (see "Soldiers drag two Christians by ropes" in this collection).
A soldier forcefully grasps the head of a man with his left hand and runs him through with the sword that he holds in his right hand. The martyr wears loincloth and extends his hands outward in helplessness. (Cartouche: "The Christians with swordes thrust through. 34." ["The Christians with swords thrust through. 34."]). This woodcut appears on the "Table of the Ten First Persecutions of the Primitive Church" foldout illustration in the second (1570) and fourth (1583) editions. Luborsky and Ingram 11223/1A (detail). JPEG file (248 KB).
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