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Between c.1600 and 1800 a series of scale models of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre made of olive wood  and mother-of-pearl were acquired by European pilgrims and tourists. Constructed and sold under the  auspices of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, these models, about 30 of which survive, provided material memories of journeys that meant different things to a variety of owners.  This paper examines the circumstances in which the models were designed and made, and explores some varying examples of ownership in early modern England.  

Andrew Jotischky is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His most recent monograph (with Professor Bernard Hamilton) was Latin and Greek Monasticism in the Crusader States, 1050-1300 (Cambridge University Press, 2020).


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