Fit for a Crusader King

The Thirteenth-Century Morgan Picture Book

Dr. Hollengreen 2023 Early Books Series


4 to 6 p.m., April 11, 2023


The Early Books Lecture Series was established at the University of Arizona by Dr. Albrecht Classen, University Distinguished Professor of German Studies, nearly 20 years ago. 

Fit for a Crusader King:  The Thirteenth-Century Morgan Picture Book is the second lecture in this year's Early Books Lecture Series XVIII.

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The mid-thirteenth-century Gothic large format manuscript known as the Morgan Old Testament Picture Book or Morgan Bible, after the Morgan Library which holds all but a few of the extant folios, is famous for its likely patron (King Louis IX of France), its lavish biblical picture cycles and original lack of text, and its later history as a diplomatic gift with owners who included Shah Abbas I of Persia. It was during that later history that the book acquired inscriptions in Latin, Persian, Arabic, Judeo-Persian, and Hebrew that described the images for those who needed a little assistance. 

This lecture will present the courtly and Crusader aspects of the imagery that together argued for the Franks as the “most Christian people,” worthy heirs to biblical history. 


  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration is required to attend in-person or via Zoom
  • Contact Lori Strazza Brown for questions or requests regarding disability-related accommodations

About the presenter
Dr. Laura Hollengreen is currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.  Trained as a medievalist art historian at UC Berkeley, she continues to engage in scholarship on medieval art while engaged in teaching architectural history and contemporary theory to budding architects.  
Dr. Hollengreen’s current research, in collaboration with a digital media scholar in Sweden, explores liminal environments from the Middle Ages to the present. 



Dr. Laura Hollengreen, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture