By – DiasporaofIsrael
In James M. Kittleson’s ‘Luther the Reformer: the Story of the Man and His Career pg. 43 – The Protestant reformer Martin Luther is described as a SWARTHY man of medium height.
In a Short History of Germany by Emily Hawtrey and Amanda Flattery – Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor due to his black swarthy complexion, he’s known also as: Enrique III El Negro de Alemania, Henry the Black (Le Noir) or Den Svarte,
William Robertson states in the Book “The Reign of Charles V, Vol 3, pg 441 – At noon Bishop Carranza, Archbishop of Toledo, who had long been expected arrived at Yuste. He was the same ‘black friar’ – so called from his swarthy visage-.
Pope Urban VI is describe in the book “Saint Catherine of Siena and Her Times” by Mademoiselle Mori as being born of a Neapolitan father and a Tuscan mother, he was short stoutly made and swarthy, with fiery black eyes.
Ruler of Milan Ludovico Sforza was one of the sons of Fransesco Sforza, Ludovico was known as “the Moor” (his complexion was swarthy). (ref. Travel Guide to Europe, 1492: Ten Itineraries in the Old World — by L. Camusso)
Byantine emperor John II Komnenos (1118-1143) is described by Latin historian William of Tyre as short with eyes, hair and complexion so dark he was known as ‘the Moor’.
Peter the Great of Russia is also described as having black eyes and hair with a swarthy complexion. (ref. A general collection of …voyages and travels, digested – by J. Pinkerton)
In the book “Peter the Great: His Life and World”, Mr. Massie describes the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold of the Hapsburgs as swarthy, of middling height, with the projecting lower jaw and protruding lower lip which traditionally marked (if not disfigured) the Hapsburgs.
in case your unfamilar with the term SWARTHY: Defined – swart, swarth, suart, [sweart = black; Dut. swart: Celt. svartr: Danish. sort: Swedish. Swart: German. Swarz: — Of a black or dark color: swarthy. (Applied especially to the skin)