Engraving, printed on 17th century watermarked paper. Sheet 175 x 125mm (7 x 5"). Trimmed within plate.
George Kastrioti (1405-68), an Albanian widely known as Skanderbeg (Lord Alexander). Having been appointed governor of the Sanjak of Dibra in Macedonia by the Ottoman Turks in 1440, he rebelled and rallied the Albanians against the Ottomans, holding them off for two decades, until he died. In 1463 he was appointed chief commander of the crusading forces of Pope Pius II, but the Pope died before the troops were gathered. Skanderbeg is remembered as Albania's most important hero.
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