"MD" (see "Soldiers drag two Christians by ropes" in this collection).
Two soldiers deliver fatal hammer blows to the heads of two men. One victim is fully clothed, and the other is dressed in loincloth. One appears to have been struck already, and the other is about to be struck. (Cartouche: "Their braynes beaten out with Maules.44." ["Their brains beaten out with mauls. 44."]). 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 (374 KB).
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