The Crusader Bible thumbnails. 43r · Fol. 43v · Patronage · About the Book · Artists · Inscriptions · Provenance · Technical Analysis of The Crusader Bible. Maciejowski Bible: Commissioned ca. by King Louis IX of France (Saint Louis); illuminated by a number of leading Parisian artists. One of my favourite primary sources for the thirteenth century is a remarkable manuscript known as the Maciejowski Bible (Pierpoint Morgan Library, New York: .

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This facsimile edition is printed on real parchment. Servant in braies – details.

Folio 10 verso back Joshua takes the submission of the Gibeonites Joshua 9: Maciejowski Folio 16 Recto plate This allows for a page containing the descriptions translated from Latin into English by Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell to lie adjacent to the “plate” which is described.

This manuscript served the French king Louis IXthe Saint, as a historiated Biblea large format chronicle of biblical events. The Bodleian Library in Oxford still possesses a manuscript which the King commissioned around the maciejowsoi time as the Crusader’s Bible and which still is in its original Gothic deluxe leather binding.

Salerno Editrice On some pages the pictures also spill out into the margin.

The Morgan Picture Bible stood over a foot tall and contained more than scenes from the Old Testament, extending from the story of Creation to the reign of King David.

Biblia de Maciejowski miniatura h Typical biblical war scenes showing the conquest of the Holy Land depict costumes, armour and weapons of the 13th century in the most minor detail and the beholder has the impression to see the most Christian King of all in action, as a victorious warrior. This is what makes the Maciejowski Bible such a superb compendium, and an unparalleled pictorial record of the minute details of many aspects of the 13th century.


The Maciejowski Bible is an illuminated manuscript which illustrates the initial section of macijowski Old Testament of the Holy Bible. If there is anyone else who we have overlooked, to whom we owe proper acknowledgement and credit, please email us and we will immediately correct the oversight. Cockerell, the syllable following “Salutis” in the fourth line was almost completely illegible, making the reading and subsequent translation questionable.

No text should disturb madiejowski beholder whose main interest lay in the illustrations.

Originally, the bible contained only miniatures, organized in a consistent visual rhythm from page to page. These are now surrounded by text in three scripts and five languages: I particularly like the man in the margin who is hanging off the end of the trebuchet a stone-throwing siege engine.

Also called the Morgan Bible. This happened probably in Naples, on the initiative of Charles d’Anjou, a relative of Louis. The manuscript was then later precisely when is unknown transported northward to Cracow, Poland.

The Maciejowski Bible –

Binding The Bodleian Library in Oxford still possesses a manuscript which the King commissioned around the same time as the Crusader’s Bible and which still is in its original Gothic deluxe leather binding. A Magnificent Picture Book Maciejowwki of the greatest art treasures of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York is an illuminated manuscript which retells the story of the Old Testament in monumental illustrations, from the Creation of the world maciiejowski King Maviejowski.


Though it originally consisted exclusively of pictures with no accompanying text, three sets of captions were later added to the leaves, summarizing the contents of the images. This page was last edited on 3 Mayat Scribes in southern Italy added inscriptions in Latin aroundand inscriptions in Persian and Judeo-Persian–Persian written in the Hebrew alphabet–were added in the s.

Shah Abbas, through the macisjowski of missionaries and interpreters, ordered Persian descriptions of each of the scenes to be added to the margins. The building of the Tower of Babel Genesis Wikimedia Commons has media related to Maciejowski Bible.


Even the most authoritative sources bibe only stipulate with certainty that it was created somewhere between – AD; hence, the oft cited “Circa “. Chapelle in Paris, consecrated in Hanun humiliates David’s ambassadors.

In Maciejowski entrusted the luxurious work to a Papal delegation visiting the Persian Shah Abbasas a gift and incentive to side with the Christian world against the victorious Turks.