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the real charles


Eurocentricks and negroes who don’t actually research portraiture, tell us that this man is an African archer named “Christopher Le More” (Christopher the Moor) (pseudonym & play-on-words)

Wether that is because of stupidity or laziness I do not know...

There are absolutely no primary or first hand historical accounts that make reference to any African Archer in the court of Charles V...

Furthermore, there are no firsthand or primary records that assert that Jan Mostaert was ever commissioned to paint anybody named “Christopher Le More”

The REAL portrait of Charles was painted by Jan Mostaert in 1520...

Jan Mostaert was the court painter for Margerat of Austria, the aunt of Charles V...

Margerat of Austria commissioned him to paint portraits of the principal members of the imperial Court...

This panel Portrait of Charles V, painted by Jan Mostaert and dating approximately from the period 1520-30, is the earliest [extant] and only independent painted portrait of a so called black man in the Renaissance...

The BankGiro Loterij, the Mondriaan Stichting, Vereniging Rembrandt co-facilitated by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the VSBfonds and the Rijksmuseum Fonds contributed towards the acquisition of the panel, purchased for € 600,000. ($667,000)

The rich clothing worn by Charles—the gloves, the sword and the embroidered bag point to Spanish-Portuguese origins and are evidence of the considerable status he had...

The insignia on his hat, of Our Lady of Halle (south of Brussels, where Burgundy and Hapsburg pilgrims journeyed), the sword and the fleur-de-lis on the embroidered bag are clues that provided more information about his true identity...

“Charles V was a swarthy man”


(The Battle of Pavia, 24th February, 1525)

The word Swarthy or Swart derives from ‘Schwarz’ or ‘Schwartz’ which means “to be black; black man, and negro


(Flügel-Schmidt-Tanger, a Dictionary of the English and German Languages for Home and School; 1905)

“Philip II was of an atrabilaire (melancholic) complexion. He derived it from his father Charles V”


(Alexander Pope, “The works of Alexander Pope, with notes and illustrations, by himself and others”; 1770)

Atrabilaire is derived from the Latin ‘Atra Bilis’, meaning “Black Bile”

The word "melancholy" derives from Greek μέλαινα χολή (melaina kholé) meaning 'black bile'

“The Melancholic temperament , the reverse of the former , consists of dry , firm solids , accompanied with a swarthy complexion”


(Thomas Jameson, “Essays on the Changes of the Human Body”; 1811)

“His [Carlos, Prince of Asturias] features were somewhat like those of his father Phillip II, his complexion was swarthy and sallow”


(Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell, "Littell's Living Age - Volume 210"; 1896)

SALLOW, a. sāl’ lō [AS. salu, sallow: Bav. sal, discolored: Dut. zaluw, TAWNY]

Sallow means Tawny...

“The Fr. Tane, tanned, is also–swart, SALLOW, dusky, or tawney of hue”

Tawney or Tawny is derived from the French word Tanné which means Tan color or Brown...

“Tan or Tawny will be—the color of the chestnut”


(Charles Richardson, “A New Dictionary of the English Language, Volume 2; 1855)

A charter was granted by Emperor Charles V to Lorenzo de Gorrevod for permission to transport slaves, on August 18, 1518...

Emperor Charles V opened the trans-Atlantic slave trade on a massive scale on August 18, 1518 when he granted a charter to Lorenzo de Gorrevod, giving him permission to transport 4,000 slaves directly from Africa to the SPANISH AMERICAN colonies...

In 1518, Fernando and Isabel’s grandson, Emperor Charles V, abolished the provision requiring slaves to be born under Christian dominion, and issued a charter allowing 4,000 Africans to be purchased directly from Portuguese traders in the Cape Verde Islands and transported to the “New World”

The first slave ships presently known to have sailed with captives directly from Africa to the Americas embarked from the Cape Verde Islands and São Tomé, arriving in Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and Cuba during the mid-1520s...

According to the Emory University Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade database, by 1865, approximately 4,900,103 Africans had disembarked in Spanish Mainland Americas and the Caribbean..

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