Jun 21

A View of the Crusades

A sampling of Carleton's extensive collection of books relating to the medieval era.

Friday, June 21st, 2019
Gould Library, 4th Floor, East Wing
Gould Library Special Collections

Morgan bible 

An exhibit organized by Professor William North in connection with the Alumni College talk, Nebuchadnezzar's Dream: The Crusades, Apocalyptic Prophecy, and the End of History, presented by Jay Rubenstein ’89, Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Friday, June 21st, 2019, 8:30 – 9:30 am, in Weitz Center for Creativity cinema.

As legend has it, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was troubled by the dream of a statue made of four metals and feet of clay, and the Israelite prophet Daniel claimed that his dream foretold the rise and fall of empires and the eventual end of all history. Later voices, however, applied that claim to their own era, particularly in the aftermath of the First Crusade (1096-1099). The conquest of Jerusalem and the possibility of a new Christian empire unleashed a torrent of historical speculation and an apocalyptic vision of a world divided between East and West, Christianity and Islam, that still haunts our own dreams today. -- Jay Rubenstein

This exhibit presents a selection of biblical and apocalyptic images in facsimiles of books originally produced in the 9th to the 13th centuries.



Sponsored by Library. Contact: Zoe Adler, x5301