The Morgan Crusader Bible of Louis IX or Maciejowski Bible or The Bible of Shah Abbas

Mid 13th Century

   The Morgan Crusader Bible was originally a Picture Bible without text created for and likely commissioned by Louis IX, the crusader king of France (1226-1270). It presented Old Testament history with an emphasis on holy war and kingship. Six painters participated in the illumination of the Gothic Crusader Bible. Their miniatures are not only different in style but also in terms of colouring. A very clear difference is discernible in the rich use of gold. The original binding was lost during the centuries. Sometime after the death of Louis IX, unknown scribes added Latin texts to the margins of the manuscript. There are also more modern inscriptions added including Persian and Judeo-Persian.

43 folios are held by The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, (MS M. 638)

Two folios are kept in the Bibliothθque nationale de France (MS nouv. acq. lat. 2294).

A single folio is kept in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (MS Ludwig I 6).

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NAL 2294 f1 recto


NAL 2294 f1 verso


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NAL 2294 f2 verso


MS Ludwig I 6 recto




MS Ludwig I 6 verso









Figure 49, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle



Other 13th century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
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