The prison of the Pisans

The terrace outside the walls, surrounded and supervised, became a concentration camp for thousands of Pisans taken prisoner in the battle of Meloria (1284), an islet in front of the port of Pisa, which marks a turning point in the long naval conflict between the two maritime powers for the trade with Sardinia, Corsica and Africa. Campo Pisano is still the symbolic place of grim stories and complex events of redemptions and economic-diplomatic missions that marked the decade after that defeat, at the end of which only a little more than 1000 out of 10,000 return to their homeland.

In the image, from an illuminated code of the thirteenth century, with a naval battle scene between galleys

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