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Little Alix. A Story of the Children’s Crusade

Figure descriptions
Children and adults of various ages march together as part of “The Children’s Crusade”. At the center of the illustration, a figure rides a saddled horse. The figure wears a cape, a cap, and partial armour; they have a large cross on their breast plate. The figure holds a large flag, which is also decorated with a cross. The flag flows in the wind. The figure’s horse wears a blanket decorated with fleurs-de-lys and lion heraldry. At the left side of the illustration, religious figures hold children’s hands and lead them in the march. At the right side of the illustration, in front of the figure on horseback, a musician and a jester lead the crowd. They are dressed in dark clothing. Many figures on both sides of the illustration have their mouths open and appear to be either singing or speaking. In the background, multiple figures in the crowd hold up flags and crosses. Full-page illustration contained within a medium-weight, single-ruled border.
Illustrated poem page. The boundaries among illustrated scenes are blurred. At the top of the page, the illustrated poem title appears in hand-drawn lettering. The poem title is split in two parts. At the center, between the two parts, there is a large cross with a double-ruled border. A branch of thorns weaves around and behind the cross. Seashells and small dots decorate the background. A second illustrated scene appears below the illustrated title. This scene depicts a knight holding his fist in the air as he rides forward on horseback. His breast plate and his shield are decorated with large crosses. His horse is outfitted with cloths that are decorated with fleurs-de-lys and heraldic crests. An army of men follows the knight. Many of them hold spears and swords in the air. A caption appears in small hand-drawn lettering in the top-left corner. This illustrated scene is contained within a thick, dark, and rectangular border. A third illustrated scene is superimposed over the bottom edge of the aforementioned border. This scene features a decorated crest that is superimposed over ribbons and laurels. The crest features a girl with long braided hair depicted in profile view. Her portrait is set against a background of stars and a crescent moon. The name “ALIX” appears in small hand-written lettering at the bottom of the crest. The poem text is let into several sections of rectangular blank space, which are superimposed over the illustrated scenes at the top, bottom, and left parts of the page.
Illustrated poem page. The boundaries among illustrated scenes are blurred. In the first illustrated scene at the top of the page, multiple figures stand and walk among a small settlement. A stone castle wall ends across the left side of the scene and into the distance. There are several small turrets in the wall and two armed men guard the entrance. At the right side of the scene, there are three small houses with thatched roofs. A crowd gathers in the background between the houses and the castle wall. Many of them raise flag poles and banners in the air. There are buildings in the distance and the sun shines low on the horizon. This illustrated scene is contained within a medium-weight border on the left, top, and right edges. There are seashells contained within square borders at the bottom-left and bottom-right corners. The second illustrated scene appears below the first and to the left. In this scene, a matronly woman embraces a small girl and gestures toward the background. The girl has long braided hair; the poem text identifies her as Alix. She holds the woman tightly around her hips. They stand in front of a stone building with a thatched roof. Vines grow on the building’s façade. The building is fenced in by a low brick wall with a wooden door. The top of a second building and a tree are visible beyond the wall. A flock of birds flies near the chimney. The woman appears to be pointing towards a cluster of flag poles and banners which rise beyond the wall. To the left of this scene, there is a thin illustration of the same height, which depicts a plant with thin leaves and flowers. These two scenes are first contained within separate medium-weight borders and then contained within one square medium-weight border. The third illustrated scene appears below the second and to the right. This scene depicts a cityscape in landscape orientation at night. The city stands in the background. It is densely packed and has multiple domed roofs. The foreground is occupied by the land leading up to the city. It is uneven and contains multiple bushes. This scene is contained within a thick border. A caption to this scene appears below the bottom edge of the border in hand-drawn lettering: it reads “JERUSALEM”, followed by a series of six middle dots. There are clusters of evenly spaced seashells to the left and right of the caption. The poem text is let into several sections of rectangular blank space, which are superimposed over the illustrated scenes at the top, center-right, and bottom-left parts of the page. These blank spaces have small decorative borders, most of which resemble the curled edges of scrolls.
Illustrated poem page. The boundaries among illustrated scenes are blurred. In the first illustrated scene, in the center-right of the page, a girl marches at the front of a long procession. She is identified as Alix in the poem text. She holds her hands together at her chest and looks to the sky as if in prayer. A jester walks to her left and turns to look at her. A young man walks to her right. He wears a cap decorated with a seashell and long cloak decorated with fleurs-de-lys. The cloak draped over his front and back body. He appears to hold a sceptre with baubles. A crow of figures follows Alix in a long line that winds around the background, all the way back to a distant settlement. This scene is contained within a dark, medium-weight border. The second illustrated scene appears below the first and to the left. It depicts a ruined building with multiple columns both standing and fallen. The ruin stands in the foreground; a silhouetted city stands in the shadows of the background. There are clouds and rays of light in the sky. This illustrated scene is contained within a thick, lightly shaded border. A caption to this scene appears below the bottom edge of the border in hand-drawn lettering: it reads “Fragment of column and of arch / Builded by nations long since dead.” A pattern of evenly spaced seashells surrounds the third illustrated scene, extending the full width of the letter press. At the left, there is a cross with a double-ruled border behind the seashells. The poem text is let into two sections of rectangular blank space at the top and the center-left parts of the page. The blank space at the top of the page has a small decorative border that resembles the curled edges of scrolls. A thin, rectangular border partially contains the remaining poem text and the illustrated scenes; the first illustrated scene breaks this border on the right edge. A small, dark cross appears outside of the right edge of the border in the bottom-right corner. It appears to emit rays of light.
Illustrated poem page. The boundaries among illustrated scenes are blurred. In the first illustrated scene, at the center of the page, a woman stands at the edge of a body of water and holds both arms in the air. She holds a sceptre in her right hand. The woman wears a large crown and a cape that drapes onto the ground behind her. Her gown is ornately decorated and features a large cross on her chest. A crowd follows in the distance, most of whom raise flag poles, banners, and large crosses in the air. There is a city on a hill across a body of water in the distance. This illustrated scene is contained within a medium-ruled border. It is superimposed over the second illustrated scene, which appears in landscape orientation. Only the left and right sides of the second scene are visible—not the center. It depicts a seaside cityscape at night. There are sailboats on the water. Birds fly over the city and toward the foreground of the illustration. The poem text is let into two sections of rectangular blank space at the top and the bottom-center parts of the page. Both blank spaces have small decorative borders which resemble the curled edges of scrolls. The poem text at the top of the page is decorated with a ribbon tied in a bow at the center of the bottom edge. The ribbon ends descend and break the top edge of the first illustrated scene. The poem text at the bottom-center of the page is superimposed over the bottom edge of the first illustrated scene, covering the shoreline. Two small laurel branches extend horizontally from its bottom-left and bottom-right corners. A thin, rectangular border partially contains the remaining space of the page, including the two main illustrated scenes. A pattern of evenly spaced sea shells appears above and below the illustrated scenes within this section of the page, extending the full width of the letterpress.
Illustrated poem page. The boundaries among illustrated scenes are blurred. A woman, identified as Alix in the poem text, kneels in the grass and clutches a sign post adorned with a crucifix. She wears long, flowing, but plain clothes as well as a veil. A bag and a stick lie in the grass behind her. Two figures in a foreign style of dress stand and observe her from a path in the background. The legs of a horse are visible beside the figures, but the horse’s body is obscured by a section of poem text. There is a settlement, trees, birds, and additional figures in the background. This illustrated scene is contained within a medium-weight border. A second illustrated scene is superimposed over the bottom-right corner of the first illustrated scene. In this scene, Alix appears in the same clothing at night. She sits on a low surface, rests her elbow on her thigh, and buries her face in her open hand. She appears to be crying. A jug sits next to her on the ground and there are stars in the sky. This illustrated scene is contained within a medium-weight border. There is a single-ruled border around the periodical page. A pattern of evenly spaced seashells appears in the background. The seashells are overlaid with enlarged laurel branches, which are only visible around the edges of the illustrated scenes and the poem text. A small, dark cross appears outside of the right edge of the border in the top-right corner. It appears to emit rays of light. The poem text is let into two sections of rectangular blank space at the top-left and the bottom parts of the page. Both blank spaces have small decorative borders which resemble the curled edges of scrolls. They are superimposed over the top-left corner and the bottom edge of the first illustrated scene.
Illustrated poem page. The boundaries among illustrated scenes are blurred. The first illustrated scene, at the center of the page, is divided into two parts. At the left, an old woman wearing a large bonnet and an apron stands in profile view. She looks to the left at something which is outside of the scope of the illustrated scene. The woman lifts one hand up in a gesture and holds onto a wooden railing with her other hand. There are buildings, trees, birds, and a brick wall in the background. At the right, the same old woman embraces a young woman, who kneels before her. The women hold arms and look each other in the eyes. The background scenery is the same, but the two women are positioned slightly to the right of where the old women stood before. The poem text indicates that the two women are Alix and her mother. Two men approach them on horseback in the distance. The poem text is let into two sections of rectangular blank space at the top and in the bottom-center parts of the page. Both blank spaces have small decorative borders which resemble the curled edges of scrolls. The poem text in the bottom-center part of the page is superimposed over the bottom edge of the first illustrated scene. Large leafy branches extend horizontally and upwards from the left and right of the text. There is a single-ruled border around the periodical page. A pattern of evenly spaced seashells appears in the background.
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