The Sanctity of Louis IX

The Sanctity of Louis IX

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Louis IX of France reigned as king from 1226 to 1270 and was widely considered an exemplary Christian ruler, renowned for his piety, justice, and charity toward the poor. After his death on crusade, he was proclaimed a saint in 1297, and today Saint Louis is regarded as one of the central figures of early French history and the High Middle Ages. In The Sanctity of Louis IX, Larry F. Field offers the first English-language translations of two of the earliest and most important accounts of the kinga€™s life: one composed by Geoffrey of Beaulieu, the kinga€™s long-time Dominican confessor, and the other by William of Chartres, a secular clerk in Louisa€™s household who eventually joined the Dominican Order himself. Written shortly after Louisa€™s death, these accounts are rich with details and firsthand observations absent from other works, most notably Jean of Joinvillea€™s well-known narrative The introduction by M. Cecilia Gaposchkin and Sean L. Field provides background information on Louis IX and his two biographers, analysis of the historical context of the 1270s, and a thematic introduction to the texts. An appendix traces their manuscript and early printing histories. The Sanctity of Louis IX also features translations of Boniface VIIIa€™s bull canonizing Louis and of three shorter letters associated with the earliest push for his canonization. It also contains the most detailed analysis of these texts, their authors, and their manuscript traditions currently available.For purposes of thematic and chronological comparison the volume also includes Boniface VIIIa#39;s canonization bull itself, ... IX and histwoDominican biographers, analysis of the historical contextof the 1270s, anda thematic analysisof the texts. ... Finally, in an appendix(aimed atspecialists) we include an essay on the manuscript and early printing histories of our texts. ... Jordanforyearsof encouragement (and for reminding us of Louisa#39; dark side), and to List of Figures and Maps Preface.

Title:The Sanctity of Louis IX
Author:M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, Sean L. Field
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 2013-11-29


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