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Huck  Huck is offline
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Actually, life was not quite like that, even for children. The insignia above the lovers are Visconti and Savoy, corresponding to Bianca's father and stepmother ( I do not know the rules of heraldry: If one’s father marries a Savoy, do he and his heirs have the right to Savoy devices, even heirs not biologically related to a Savoy?

and a variant

Stemma of Fermo, the place, from which Francesco Sforza reigned in 1441 ...
although it's not sure, if it was the Stemma of the city already in 1441. The white cross on red (in Tarot literature given to Savoy) is also in the Stemma of Fermo (and also in other shields of other cities). It seems from our research, that this is more a general or specific crusader sign (also not complete sure).

So there are a lot of insecurities in this observation about the baldachin ...

The situation of October 1441 is full of activities in the exspectation of a longer peace between Milan and Venice, manifested by this "great marriage" between Sforza and Bianca Maria (the peace conditions still were negotiated).

One part of the plans was it, that a crusade had to be done (fulfilling the wishes of the council in 1438/39) and one idea was it, that the great Sforza should guide it as a major general.
The crusade really took place (1443-44), but Sforza was not the general. The Italian participation stayed (probably very) small, but Cardinal Cesarini died at this occasion.

Sforza lived after the marriage some time in Venice (against the exspectation and hopes of his new father-in-law, who became angry about it), was then send to help Renee d'Anjou in Naples, but never reached Naples. Naples was taken quickly by Alfonso in surprise (June 1442) with the help of an open door.
Sforza's star was going down in this period, Sforza's foe, Pope Eugen, got successful times then.
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