Blessed Louis, the Most Glorious of Kings
Texts Relating to the Cult of Saint Louis of France
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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Louis IX, king of France between 1226 and 1270 and twice crusader, was canonized in 1297. He was the last king canonized during the medieval period, and was both one of the most important saints and the most important kings of the later Middle Ages. This volume presents the first editions and English translations of two little-known...
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Louis IX of France (b. 1214, r. 1226, d. 1270) was canonized in 1297, twenty-seven years after his death in Tunisia while on crusade. Louis was undoubtedly one of the most significant kings of his era, the only king canonized in the thirteenth century and the last saint-king of the Middle Ages. He represents the crystallization of the medieval...
Chapter 1: Gloriosissimi Regis
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Gloriosissimi regis represents one of the early attempts to model the portrait of Saint Louis that emerged from the canonization proceedings into a structured hagiographical and para-liturgical narrative. It echoed many of the themes found in William of Saint-Pathus’ Vie, and may have been based on mutual sources. It prizes themes of humility...
Chapter 2: Beatus Ludovicus
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Beatus Ludovicus (BHL no. 5043b), like Gloriosissimi regis, was written shortly after the canonization. As with Gloriosissimi Regis, it echoes William of Saint-Pathus’ Vie and was probably based on the canoni za - tion proceedings. Unlike Gloriosissimi Regis, however, its author also had access to William of Chartres’ life of Louis...
Chapter 3: Office and Mass Texts
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One of the most important ways in which a community celebrated and remembered a saint was through liturgical devotion. What follows is the most popular liturgical office in honor of Louis, Ludovicus decus regnantium, and the mass in honor of Louis, Gaudeamus omnes, as they were celebrated in Paris. ...
Chapter 4: Sermons of Jacob of Lausanne
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Jacob of Lausanne was a Dominican preacher who belonged to St.- Jacques, the Dominican convent in Paris, situated near the royal palace on the left bank of the Seine. Jacob, who was probably born in the last quarter of the fourteenth century, studied in Paris and was a member of the convent by 1303 (when he signed an oath of allegiance to the king). ...
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Publication Year: 2012