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Traditionally they've been painted as a noble mission. Now, two new books tell the gruesome reality of the Very Unholy Crusades

Traditionally they've been painted as a noble mission. Now, two new books tell the gruesome reality of the Very Unholy Crusades

ROMANESQUE - MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATION - St. John the Evangelist, from the Gospel Book of Abbot Wedricus - Shortly before 1147 - Societe Archeologique et Historique - Rope-like loops of drapery - Byzantine style. Precisely controlled contours unite varied elements. Interlacing patterns - Dark Ages influence. Dove- Holy Spirit symbol - in hand of God - above John. His symbol - the eagle - to the left. Donor of manuscript - holds ink well - to the right.  LOCATION: AVESNES-SUR-HELPE, FRANCE

ROMANESQUE - MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATION - St. John the Evangelist, from the Gospel Book of Abbot Wedricus - Shortly before 1147 - Societe Archeologique et Historique - Rope-like loops of drapery - Byzantine style. Precisely controlled contours unite varied elements. Interlacing patterns - Dark Ages influence. Dove- Holy Spirit symbol - in hand of God - above John. His symbol - the eagle - to the left. Donor of manuscript - holds ink well - to the right. LOCATION: AVESNES-SUR-HELPE, FRANCE

Jaufre Rudel was the Prince of Blaye (Princes de Blaia) and a troubadour of the early–mid 12th century, who probably died during the Second Crusade, in or after 1147. He is noted for developing the theme of "love from afar" (amor de lonh or amour de loin) in his songs. Seven of Rudel's poems have survived to the present day four of them with music. His composition Lanquan li jorn is thought to be the model for the Minnesinger Walther von der Vogelweide's crusade song Allerest lebe ich mir…

Jaufre Rudel was the Prince of Blaye (Princes de Blaia) and a troubadour of the early–mid 12th century, who probably died during the Second Crusade, in or after 1147. He is noted for developing the theme of "love from afar" (amor de lonh or amour de loin) in his songs. Seven of Rudel's poems have survived to the present day four of them with music. His composition Lanquan li jorn is thought to be the model for the Minnesinger Walther von der Vogelweide's crusade song Allerest lebe ich mir…

Detail of a miniature of Louis IX sailing off on his second crusade, from the Chroniques de France ou de St Denis, France (Paris), after 1332 and before 1350

Detail of a miniature of Louis IX sailing off on his second crusade, from the Chroniques de France ou de St Denis, France (Paris), after 1332 and before 1350

Jean Fouquet: Arrivée des croisés à Constantinople.     (Bataille entre Français et Turcs en 1147 et 1148 Grandes Chroniques de France, enluminées par Jean Fouquet, Tours, vers 1455-1460 Paris, BnF, département des Manuscrits, Français 6465, fol. 202 (Livre de Louis VII Le Jeune) Arrivée des croisés à Constantinople : Louis VII le Jeune et Conrad, empereur d’Allemagne, entrent dans la ville, suivis d’un important cortè)

Jean Fouquet: Arrivée des croisés à Constantinople. (Bataille entre Français et Turcs en 1147 et 1148 Grandes Chroniques de France, enluminées par Jean Fouquet, Tours, vers 1455-1460 Paris, BnF, département des Manuscrits, Français 6465, fol. 202 (Livre de Louis VII Le Jeune) Arrivée des croisés à Constantinople : Louis VII le Jeune et Conrad, empereur d’Allemagne, entrent dans la ville, suivis d’un important cortè)

Jaufre Rudel (Jaufré in modern Occitan) was the Prince of Blaye (Princes de Blaia) and a troubadour of the early–mid 12th century, who probably died during the Second Crusade, in or after 1147. He is noted for developing the theme of "love from afar" (amor de lonh or amour de loin) in his songs.

Jaufre Rudel (Jaufré in modern Occitan) was the Prince of Blaye (Princes de Blaia) and a troubadour of the early–mid 12th century, who probably died during the Second Crusade, in or after 1147. He is noted for developing the theme of "love from afar" (amor de lonh or amour de loin) in his songs.

King Louie VII, seen here taking the cross with Pope Eugene III's holy blessing.  Note his dress, a reaffirmation of a popular notion at the time that God received those in humble and 'poor' attire more than the lavish and ornate.

King Louie VII, seen here taking the cross with Pope Eugene III's holy blessing. Note his dress, a reaffirmation of a popular notion at the time that God received those in humble and 'poor' attire more than the lavish and ornate.

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