The Children’s Crusade of 1212 remains an enigmatic historical episode, recorded in only a few contemporary accounts, but it captured the imagination of the acclaimed painter Paula Rego as a story steeped in imaginative possibilities and contemporary relevance. It touches not only on children’s love of adventure but also on darker issues including fears of the unknown, incipient sexuality and exploitation. In his introduction, Blake Morrison brilliantly illuminates Rego’s twelve hand-coloured etchings and their relation to the crusade, and the scene is set by two passages from medieval chronicles.
The book concludes with an extensive and revealing interview with Paula Rego, in which she explains her fascination with the subject. The text has been hand-set in Monotype Caslon, printed on Arches vélin at The Stonehouse Press, and bound at The Fine Bindery. We have one remaining copy to sell, number 147 of 175.