Chronica Majora by Matthew Paris
Matthaei Paris Chronica Maiora II
Defeat of the French at GazaClick for a larger image.
Flight of the French. The Damascenes drive off captives on right. locus istius belli fuit ante gathre.
Chronica Maiora II, Saint Albans, England, ca. 1240–53. Folio 134V, MS 16II, Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Source: p193, God's Warriors, Knights Templar, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem by Helen Nicholson & David Nicolle:
When the Franks were defeated by the Muslims in battle, those left alive who failed to escape were taken away as prisoners.
When the French Crusaders were defeated at Gaza in 1239, the scene depicted here, the Templars and Hospitallers
were blamed for not giving more assistance to the Crusaders, despite the fact that they had advised the Crusaders against making their disastrous expedition.
On the left, the Crusaders flee the field; on the right, captives are taken away to prison in Egypt. From Matthew Paris's Chronica majora.
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