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Chronica Majora by Matthew Paris
Matthaei Paris Chronica Maiora I

Battle of Damietta


Battle. Saracens and Christians at Damietta.


Chronica Maiora II, Saint Albans, England, ca. 1240–53. Folio 58v, MS 16II, Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Plate XII The Art of Matthew Paris in the Chronica Majora by Suzanne Lewis, 1987.

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Source: p.183, God's Warriors, Knights Templar, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem by Helen Nicholson & David Nicolle:
A depiction of a battle at Damietta during the Fifth Crusade, from Matthew Paris’ Chronica Majora. The Templars played an important role in the crusade. In battle they were first on to the field and last to retreat, and defended the rest of the crusader army if it was routed by the enemy.



A Frankish Horse in Armies and Enemies of the Crusades 1096-1291 by Ian Heath, based on the Battle of Damietta. Chronica Majora by Matthew Paris.