Illustration from

Chronica Majora by Matthew Paris

Matthaei Paris Chronica Maiora II

Battle between the Crusaders and Khorezmians, 1244 (La Forbie)

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Battle, before Babylon. Balcanifer flees with standard of the Temple. Click for a detail of the right.


Chronica Maiora II, Saint Albans, England, ca. 124053. Folio 171V, MS 16II, Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Figure 182, p289 The Art of Matthew Paris in the Chronica Majora by Suzanne Lewis, 1987.


Referenced on p88, God's Warriors, Knights Templar, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem by Helen Nicholson & David Nicolle:
A contemporary depiction of the battle at La Forbie, 1244, between the Franks of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Khwarezmians, showing the Templar standard-bearer fleeing the field to the right. In fact the Templar standard-bearer did not flee, and virtually all the brothers of the military religious orders in the Frankish army died on the battlefield. From Matthew Paris's Chronica majora.

An Ayyubid shield from Armies and Enemies of the Crusades 1096-1291 by Ian Heath - based on this illumination in Chronica Majora by Matthew Paris.

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