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The Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land, 1098–1187

The Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land, 1098–1187

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  • Date Published: August 1995
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2006
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521453837


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  • The Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land, 1098-1187 examines the art and architecture produced for the Crusaders in Syria-Palestine during the first century of their quest to recapture Jerusalem. Commissioned by kings and queens, patriarchs and bishops, knights and merchants, who came as pilgrims or settlers to the Holy Land, it is an art of manuscript illumination, fresco painting, mosaics, stone sculpture, metalwork, ivory carving, coins and seals by artists trained in the Latin West, and the Byzantine and Islamic East. Combining the stylistic and iconographic traditions of these regions, Crusader art defies easy categorization: indeed, it is a unique phenomenon within the spectrum of medieval art.

    • First comprehensive study in English of Crusader art
    • Includes nine newly prepared maps, nine plans and figures, and a full gazetteer of Crusader sites; there is a full bibliography and there are three indices
    • Illustrated programme - 700 black and white photographs, 32 colour plates
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    • Winner of the Haskins Medal

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...well documented and detailed." Choice

    "Folda's book does the reader a unique service....The amount of information presented here is without precedent in Crusader art research....This magnificent volume will serve (together with the works of Vogué, Enlart, Deschamps, and Boase among others) as one of the basic texts in the study of the Crusader art." Dan Bahat,Sixteenth Century Journal

    "...prodigiously illustrated and impressively learned, is the first of two devoted to a complete survey of the art of the crusaders in the Holy Land....Folda's book is rich treasure for those interested in the crusades....The second volume of Professor Folda's magisterial work is eagerly awaited." Bernard McDinn, Studies in Christianity and Culture

    "Folda's impressive book is a heavy volume, with a long text set in double columns and accompanied by a full apparatus of notes, an exhaustive bibliography, and an ample complement of illustrations. ...the author's solid erudition, thoroughness, and his invariably fair-minded treament of contending points of view compel admiration." Walter Cahn, Speculum

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1995
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521453837
    • length: 704 pages
    • dimensions: 285 x 222 x 47 mm
    • weight: 2.655kg
    • contains: 700 b/w illus. 32 colour illus. 9 maps
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2006
  • Table of Contents

    1. Reflections on the historiography of 'Crusader Art'
    Part I. The Origins and Early Years:
    2. The first Crusaders and their artistic context:
    3. The beginnings of Crusader art:
    4. Crusader art in the reign of King Baldwin I of Jerusalem:
    5. Crusader art in the reign of King Baldwin II of Jerusalem:
    Part II. The Era of Queen Melisende of Jerusalem:
    6. Crusader art in the reign of King Fulk and Queen Melisende of Jerusalem:
    7. Crusader art in the reign of Queen Melisende and King Baldwin III:
    1143-1163: The church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
    8. Crusader art in the reign of Queen Melisende and King Baldwin III:
    1143-1163: Jerusalem and the Latin Kingdom: A. 1143-1152
    B. 1152-1163
    Part III. Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem to 1187:
    9. Crusader art in the reign of King Amaury I of Jerusalem:
    10. Crusader art in the reigns of King Baldwin IV and King Baldwin V to the fall of Jerusalem:

  • Author

    Jaroslav Folda, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


    • Winner of the Haskins Medal

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