The Sanctity Of Louis Ix: Early Lives Of Saint Louis By Geoffrey Of Beaulieu And William Of Chartres by Larry F. FieldThe Sanctity Of Louis Ix: Early Lives Of Saint Louis By Geoffrey Of Beaulieu And William Of Chartres by Larry F. Field

The Sanctity Of Louis Ix: Early Lives Of Saint Louis By Geoffrey Of Beaulieu And William Of Chartres

Translated byLarry F. FieldEditorM. Cecilia Gaposchkin, Sean L. Field

Paperback | December 17, 2013

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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 king’s life: one composed by Geoffrey of Beaulieu, the king’s long-time Dominican confessor, and the other by William of Chartres, a secular clerk in Louis’s household who eventually joined the Dominican Order himself. Written shortly after Louis’s death, these accounts are rich with details and firsthand observations absent from other works, most notably Jean of Joinville’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 VIII’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.

Larry Field holds doctorates in Classics and Law and is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at Western New England University. M. Cecilia Gaposchkin is Associate Professor of History and Assistant Dean of Faculty for Pre-Major Advising at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Invisible Weapons: Liturgy and the Making of Crusade ...
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Title:The Sanctity Of Louis Ix: Early Lives Of Saint Louis By Geoffrey Of Beaulieu And William Of ChartresFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.27 inPublished:December 17, 2013Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801478189

ISBN - 13:9780801478185

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Maps
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Note on Sources and Translation Policies
Introduction
1. Three Early Letters on the Sanctity of Louis IX
2. Geoffrey of Beaulieu's Life and Saintly Comportment of Louis, Former King of the Franks, of Pious Memory
3. William of Chartres’ On the Life and Deeds of Louis, King of the Franks of Famous Memory, and on the Miracles That Declare His Sanctity
4. Pope Boniface VIII’s Bull Gloria Laus
Appendix: The Manuscript and Printing Histories of the Texts
Select Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"By making these texts on the holiness of Louis IX available in an up-to-date English translation, this book will have a great impact on teaching. Since the translation is based on a careful review of the manuscripts, a number of errors that had entered into the published Latin editions have also been corrected. This fact makes the book a major contribution to scholarship as well. All in all it is a wonderful achievement."—William Chester Jordan, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History and Chair, Department of History, Princeton University