Capital with the combat of Farragut and Roland

A larger image of Farragut rides to the combat

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On the left Farragut rides to the combat.
A larger image of Farragut

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A larger image of Farragut combats Roland

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On the right Farragut fights Roland in another phase of the combat

A larger image of the front view of the Farragut & Roland capital
In Estella stands the Palace of the Kings of Navarre, also known as the Palace of the Dukes of Granada de Ega. It is the only civil Romanesque building in Navarre and was declared a National Monument in 1931. It was built during the last third of the 12th century. Facing towards the church of San Pedro de la Rúa, it has a magnificent façade with two capitals featuring plants and two narrative capitals, one of which represents the battle between Roland and the giant Farragut.

The lower capital of the left-hand column is the most famous of the two narrative capitals, in which you can clearly distinguish the battle between Roland and Farragut, the former being Charlemagne's foremost knight and the latter a giant Moor.


Referenced on p152, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle.
379A-B   'Roland and Faragut, carved capital, Castile, late 12th century
(in situ Palace of the Dukes of Granada, Estella, Spain)
Here Faragut (A) is slain by Roland's lance and is followed by a second 'Moor' (B). Their mail hauberks and coifs are typically European, with only their round shields and the cloth around Faragut's head to distinguish them as Muslims.



Referenced as figure 537 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
537. Capital, Faragut and companion, late 12th century AD, Spanish, in situ, Palace of the Dukes of Granada, Estella (Elg).



See also The Navarra Beatus Codex, late 12th century
The Murder of Thomas Becket, Wall Painting in Santa Maria de Terrassa, Catalonia, Spain, c1180-1200
Andalusian Heavy Cavalry in Armies of Feudal Europe 1066-1300 by Ian Heath, based on Farragut
Other 12th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers