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Missal of the Holy Sepulchre

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With the fulfillment of their dream to possess Jerusalem, the Crusaders turned their attention to works of art like this manuscript, which contains all the texts they needed to celebrate Mass at the Holy Sepulchre. Certain pages are unusually numbered in both Latin and Armenian characters, indicating that both Europeans and Armenians took part in the creation of the book. A special prayer within its pages praises God as the builder of Jerusalem and the guardian of the city and, perhaps surprisingly, of all its people.

Missal of the Holy Sepulchre, Tempera, gold, silver and ink on parchment

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