The Bible of St. Louis

The Bible of St. Louis is one of the greatest works of illumination in history, with 4,887 illustrations providing an astonishing view of both scripture and the 13th century. The three volumes contain excerpts from the Bible and commentary. They were commissioned between 1226 and 1234 by Blanche of Castile for the education of her son, King Louis IX of France, the future St. Louis.

Take a 5 minute tour of the Bible with the video below, which is an ad for an incredible facsimile edition, but serves as a nice overview of this masterpiece.

Read about the facsimile edition here. (If anyone is looking for Christmas gift ideas, I don’t yet have my copy.) has a good introduction to this Bible.