Children's Crusades

The original ` Children's Crusade' began in 1212 A.D., when a band of Christian children set off for the Holy Land, trusting in their own innocence to accomplish what the first three crusades failed to do (that is, to drive the Moslems from the Holy Land). They all died of disease or were murdered or enslaved before reaching Jerusalem.

The original `Massacre of the Innocents' occurred shortly after the birth of Jesus. Hearing that a child was born who was hailed as the long awaited Messiah, the promised King of the Jews, Herod the Great, the temporal king, ordered all male children under two years old to be slaughtered, so that he could remain safely in power

`Silence Gives Consent' is, according to Brewer, a saying common in many languages, based on the latin maxim, `qui tacet consentire' ( who is silent is held to consent). It is the maxim for the American voters registration campaign. I put all these ideas together in 1979-1980 to refer to the political situation of that period, wherein after a period of religious tolerance and reform, new Patriarchs were taking power. In some cultures women are seen as machines for the production of children who will fight and be killed in the new religious wars. In ` Silence Gives Consent' bored by all these images of atrocities, we look away, waiting for the entertainment to begin.

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The Children's Crusade (Triptych) (Collection /Herbert Museum and Gallery , Coventry)
The Children's Crusade (Triptych) (Collection /Herbert Museum and Gallery , Coventry)
Fleeing Woman III
Fleeing Woman III
Children's Crusades Study
Children's Crusades Study
Fleeing Woman I
Fleeing Woman I
Children's Crusades Study
Children's Crusades Study
Fleeing Woman II
Fleeing Woman II
Harpie with Child Study
Harpie with Child Study
Women Birthing Women (Children's Crusades Study)
Women Birthing Women (Children's Crusades Study)
Boy whistling : Sudy for Children's crusades
Boy whistling : Sudy for Children's crusades
The Papal Message
The Papal Message
Children's Crusades Study
Children's Crusades Study
Woman Watching
Woman Watching