Holy City, Holy War: Devotion to the Sacred in Crusader Jerusalem

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Bearers of the Cross: Material Religion in the Crusading World, 1095–c.1300 was a collaborative project between the University of Birmingham and the Museum of the Order of St John, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2015 to 2017.

Exploring the devotional worlds of medieval crusaders, researchers examined texts, images and objects, studying the rituals that crusaders practised, the religious artefacts they treasured, and the sacred spaces they shaped and were shaped by. Central to this work was a fresh examination of the medieval collections of the Museum of the Order of St John.

The Holy City, Holy War exhibition, which ran from 2 September to 22 December 2017, presented some of the highlights from the Museum’s medieval and post-medieval collections and introduced some of the themes that were at the heart of the project’s research.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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