Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

Suger, the twelfth-century abbot of Saint-Denis, has not received the respect and attention that he deserves for his contributions to history. Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter the Venerable have garnered more attention, and students of medieval history know their names well. Yet Suger has earned due praise for his architectural innovations, ...

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Introduction: Suger’s Contributions

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pp. 1-30

Suger is famous today mainly as the skilled renovator and architect of his spectacular abbey church, still standing, not far from a Metro stop, in Paris. The church itself, which King Dagobert founded in the seventh century, had become the burial site of Frankish and French kings, queens, and magnates, ...

Selected Works of Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis

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pp. 31-32

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1. The Book on the Consecration of the Church of Saint-Denis

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pp. 33-65

The remarkable power of a unique, single, and supreme reason makes the divine and human natures equal by lessening the disparity between them; and although inferiority of origin and opposition of nature cause the divine and the human natures to appear to be incompatible, a pleasant conformity alone joins them into a single, ...

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2. The Book of Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis: His Accomplishments during His Administration

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pp. 66-126

During the twenty-third year of my administration I was sitting one day in general chapter with our brothers discussing our dependents as well as private affairs when these beloved brothers and sons, out of love, began begging me not to allow the memory of all our labors to be lost.1 They wanted me to write down for the future a record of those additions that the generous bounty ...

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3. The Illustrious King Louis [VII], Son of Louis [VI]

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pp. 127-183

Louis, the illustrious son of the illustrious King Louis,1 after he heard news of the sudden, tragic death of his father,ii took counsel and carefully put the affairs of the duchy of Aquitaine in order, and then rushed to prevent the plundering, discord, and insurrection that usually arises when kings die.iii ...

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4. The Life of Suger

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pp. 184-216

William, to his fellow monk Geoffreyi
I seemed to have had no free time to write when you were at hand, but after my departure I immediately remembered your request and the promise I made to you. So when I had time, I picked up a pen and began writing something about our Suger that you might find pleasant and that would benefit many people. ...

Appendixes

A. Legends and Myths of Saint Denis in the Early Literary and Historical Records

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pp. 217-222

B. The Early Royal Banners of France: The Oriflamme and the Vexillum

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pp. 223-226

C. French Kings and Queens Buried in the Abbey of Saint-Denis

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pp. 227-242

D. Terms of Measurement and Money in Suger

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pp. 243-244

Glossary of Medieval Words in the Selected Works of Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis

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pp. 245-258

Glossary of Medieval Latin Words in the Selected Works of Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis

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pp. 259-274

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 275-282

Index

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pp. 283-293