Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Blessed Louis: Th E Most Glorious of Kings. Texts Relating to the Cult of Saint Louis of France

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Blessed Louis: Th E Most Glorious of Kings. Texts Relating to the Cult of Saint Louis of France

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M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, Blessed Louis: The Most Glorious of Kings. Texts Relating to the Cult of Saint Louis of France, translations with Phyllis B. Katz (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012). xi + 307. ISBN-13: 978-0-268-02984-5. euro39.00. St Louis, King Louis IX of France, who died on his second crusade outside the walls of Tunis in 1270 and was canonized in 1297, rightly demands attention as an example of the historical phenomenon of a 'royal saint', who was canonized only shortly after his own death, and as the subject of hagiographical and liturgical texts in the vernacular and Latin. The best-known texts are Jean de Joinville's Vie nostre saint roy Loöys (1308) and the vitae composed by Geoffrey of Beaulieu and William of Chartres, both Dominicans associated with the royal court, as part of the bid for canonization. Two hitherto unpublished Latin vitae ('Gloriosissimi regis' and 'Beatus Ludovicus'), most probably written in the period immediately after 1297, the liturgical offices for St Louis, and two sermons by the Paris Dominican Jacob of Lausanne from 1322, are presented here by Cecilia Gaposchkin, already known as the author of The Making of Saint Louis (Ithaca, NY, 2008), as Latin texts with parallel English translations, and offer what the editor believes to be a new perspective on the construction of the saint's persona and the propagation of his cult. …

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