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Illustration from

Chronica Majora by Matthew Paris
Matthaei Paris Chronica Maiora I

Saladin Capturing the True Cross at Hattin, 1187


Battle. Salaadinus and Guido rex struggling for Crux Sancta. Saracens on the left fight Crusaders on the right.


Chronica Maiora I, Saint Albans, England, ca. 124053. Folio 140r, MS 26, Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Figure 171, p279 The Art of Matthew Paris in the Chronica Majora by Suzanne Lewis, 1987.

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Referenced on p69, God's Warriors, Knights Templar, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem by Helen Nicholson & David Nicolle:
A Western depiction of the battle of Hattin from Matthew Paris's Chronira majora. Saladin rides in from the left and seizes the relic of the Holy Cross from King Guy of Jerusalem, who struggles to hold it.



See also A Frankish Mounted Sergeant, in Armies and Enemies of the Crusades 1096-1291 by Ian Heath, based on the Chronica Majora by Matthew Paris.
The True Cross, in Armies and Enemies of the Crusades 1096-1291 by Ian Heath, based on Saladin Capturing the True Cross at Hattin, from Chronica Majora by Matthew Paris.
An Ayyubid Heavy Cavalryman, in Armies and Enemies of the Crusades 1096-1291 by Ian Heath, based on Saladin Capturing the True Cross at Hattin, from Chronica Majora by Matthew Paris.