Even among the colorful panoply of great medieval rulers, very few can match the legacy and regal charisma of Louis IX (1226–70). Admired and imitated by his contemporaries and successors in France and the courts of Europe, Louis seemed to epitomize the quintessential but often unattainable qualities of a Christian monarch in the High Middle Ages: he was a courtly and just ruler who consolidated his kingdom, a chivalric crusader, a devout and sophisticated patron, and, ultimately, a saint. The irresistible glamour of Louis IX’s reign not only attached itself to the king but also permeated the entire court and especially its seat, the city of Paris and the Île-de-France. The dazzling quality of...
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Book Review| September 01 2015
Review: Saint Louis
Saint LouisConciergerie, Paris (organized by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux) 8 October 2014–11 January, 2015
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2015) 74 (3): 380–381.
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Zoë Opačić; Review: Saint Louis. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 September 2015; 74 (3): 380–381. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2015.74.3.380
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