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


  • 700 b/w illus. 32 colour illus. 9 maps
  • Page extent: 704 pages
  • Size: 279 x 215 mm
  • Weight: 2.655 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 709/.569/09021
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: N6300 .F65 1995
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Crusader art
    • Christian art and symbolism--Latin Orient--Medieval, 500-1500

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521453837 | ISBN-10: 0521453836)

  • Published August 1995

Unavailable - out of print August 2006


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.


Introduction; 1. Reflections on the historiography of 'Crusader Art'; Part I. The Origins and Early Years: 2. The first Crusaders and their artistic context: 1095-1099; 3. The beginnings of Crusader art: 1099-1100; 4. Crusader art in the reign of King Baldwin I of Jerusalem: 1100-1118; 5. Crusader art in the reign of King Baldwin II of Jerusalem: 1118-1131; Part II. The Era of Queen Melisende of Jerusalem: 6. Crusader art in the reign of King Fulk and Queen Melisende of Jerusalem: 1131-1143; 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: 1163-1174; 10. Crusader art in the reigns of King Baldwin IV and King Baldwin V to the fall of Jerusalem: 1174-1187.

Prize Winner

1999 Haskins Medal of the Medival Society of America


"...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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