The Crusader Bible, also known as the Morgan Picture Bible, the Maciejowski Bible, and the Shah ‘Abbas Bible, is not only one of the greatest medieval. 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.

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If there is anyone else who we have overlooked, to whom we owe proper acknowledgement. Our research staff shall be delving into this seemingly inconsequential, yet historically essential and widely debated piece of minutia. Each page contains all the scenes from maciejoski individual leaf, front and back there are 46 recovered original leaves in the reproduction, as stated earlier.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Recommend this site to a friend John Plummer for his preface in the boble reprint.

James – with notes on the arms and armour by Charles John Ffoulkes – Maciejowski Folio 16 Recto plate These were Latin descriptions, in an Italian script, with beautifully painted Italian initials “first letters” beginning each description. Who removed leaves from the book and for what reason?

Originally only a picture book, the images are now surrounded by text in three scripts and five languages: As an addendum to the above paragraphwe have since learned of an “official” position regarding the pronunciation of “Maciejowski” 1. Historians mmaciejowski that in approximatelythe manuscript was transported from Paris, where it was crafted, to the Court of Naples, Italy; there, descriptions of each of the scenes were added.

Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Maciejowski Bible

The answer may lie with the Shah. It contains 46 known leaves each double-sided, giving 92 pages and depicts the Old Testament from the Creation to the story of David. It is a medieval picture Bible of 48 folios. I particularly like the man in the margin who is hanging off the end of the trebuchet a stone-throwing siege engine.


This transfer is known to have occurred at some point, since around the turn of the 17th Century, a partially illegible inscription was found on the bottom margin of the very first page:.

Originally, the bible contained only miniatures, organized in a consistent visual rhythm from page to page. Cockerell, the syllable following “Salutis” in the fourth line was almost completely illegible, making the reading and subsequent translation questionable. Michelle Hearne of the Pierpont Morgan Library for her historical input. All of the missing leaves come from the part of the book that tells the story of Absalom’s defiance of his father, King David.


The building of the Tower of Babel Genesis The paintings pictorially present a vast variety of information regarding the 13th century, in story-fashion, very much like a pictograph, or the Egyptian Hieroglyphics. On the cover of the book you can see four men dressed in rags with maciejowsii hands held up to ask for mercy; the larger illustration above also depicts a woman and three youths behind them.

These images are not here for purposes of making profit – they are presented for your edification and enjoyment, with intellectual and cultural objectives in mind. There are also some incredibly action-packed battle scenes which give a real flavour of what combat was like during the mid-thirteenth century and provide information on the armour and weapons in use at the time.

Views Read Edit View history. I’ll just pick out a few favourite or particularly illustrative pictures: Amnon forces Tamar to leave afterward Maciejowski Bible.

Therefore, we have scanned and placed all of the images from the Maciejowski Bible onto this web site so that all may enjoy them, and gain vision into the 13th century. That particular preserved volume is the very same one owned by Cardinal Maciejowski. Until they locate a definitive, authoritative and documented answer to this conundrum, we suggest that you, essentially, “take your pick” or, if you know of another pronunciation, please email us and we will add it to the list of possibilities until an answer is found.


The original collection contained the original color paintings few in number, surprisingly and the original black-and-white drawings. The Ammonites in the middle are caught between the charging forces of Saul the one striking the Ammonite king on the head and a second party who are making a sortie from their fortification.

These descriptions were not, in fact, direct translations of the Italian Latin descriptions which were added c. We gratefully acknowledge the intellectual, artistic and creative efforts and achievements of the following participants responsible for the creation and preservation of this masterpiece of historical illumination:.

The book has traditionally been thought to have been created in Paris in the mids for Louis IX of France in the mids.

From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Folio 3 recto front The building of the Tower of Babel Genesis Send email to bhartley medievaltymes.

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Media in category “Maciejowski Bible” The following 49 files are in this category, out of 49 total. At that time, the manuscript came under the possession of Sir Thomas Phillipps -a renowned antiquarian dealer of old and rare books who possessed a massive collection of “books of antiquity”and was later sold in to John Pierpont Morgan -founder of the Pierpont Morgan Library of New York, where the manuscript now rests as ” Manuscript m.

To me this is one of the bbible illustrations in the entire manuscript. Hanun humiliates David’s ambassadors. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat macoejowski It is a pictorial, artistic representation beginning from the story of The Creation in the book of Genesis to the story of David and Absalom in the book of II Samuel.

If there is anyone else who we have bile, to whom we owe proper acknowledgement and credit, please email us and we will immediately macuejowski the oversight.

Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell for his interpretation of the Latin descriptions.