The Crusader Bible: One of the Greatest Illuminated Manuscripts in the World

A Bible that speaks without words, and in an art form that survived the Middle Ages. A Bible like none other!

Called “illuminated manuscripts,” these handmade, beautifully decorated manuscripts most often draw attention to the teachings of Christianity.

One of the most spectacular is the Crusader Bible—featuring boldly colored illustrations depicting villages and castles, as well as scenes of warriors and “knights in armor” set in 13th-century France.

The Crusader Bible was likely made in Paris in the 1240s, and thought to be associated with Louis IX, France's Crusader king, it represents the genius of the most skilled artists of the day!

The Crusader Bible! A “picture book” that New York’s Morgan Library curators say, “represents one of the greatest visualizations of Old Testament events ever made!”

Engage with the Bible—illuminated in history over the centuries!

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