By William Chester Jordan

ISBN-10: 0691139016

ISBN-13: 9780691139012

A story of 2 Monasteries takes an unheard of examine one of many nice rivalries of the center a while and provides it as a revealing lens in which to view the intertwined histories of medieval England and France. this can be the 1st ebook to systematically evaluate Westminster Abbey and the abbey of Saint-Denis--two of crucial ecclesiastical associations of the 13th century--and to take action throughout the lives and competing careers of the 2 males who governed them, Richard de Ware of Westminster and Mathieu de Vend?me of Saint-Denis.

Esteemed historian William Jordan weaves a panoramic narrative of the social, cultural, and political historical past of the interval. It was once an age of uprising and crusades, of inventive and architectural innovation, of unheard of political reform, and of exasperating foreign diplomacy--and Richard and Mathieu, in a single approach or one other, performed vital roles in most of these advancements. Jordan lines their upward thrust from vague backgrounds to the top ranks of political authority, Abbot Richard turning into royal treasurer of britain, and Abbot Mathieu two times serving as a regent of France throughout the crusades. via allowing us to appreciate the complicated relationships the abbots and their rival associations shared with one another and with the kings and social networks that supported and exploited them, A story of 2 Monasteries paints a shiny portrait of medieval society and politics, and of the formidable males who inspired them so profoundly.

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842– 48, and Richard, Saint Louis, pp. 136–41. 71 News of the ravaging of Jerusalem in 1244 by Khorazmian Turks focused Louis IX’s attention on the East. His recuperation from a near fatal illness late in the year persuaded him that his prayers for a return to health had been answered, and those prayers included a vow to go on Crusade. Not everyone was pleased with his decision. In particular, his mother was in despair in what was the first important public disagreement between them. It is likely, though, that they had not always seen eye to eye before 1244.

90–91. , p. 100. ENGLAND AND FRANCE 11 1258. 53 Precious few in power seemed anymore to heed the distraught king. The political history of France could not have been more different, although in a catalog of extraordinary triumphs for the crown there was to be one shattering disappointment. 55 Meanwhile, toward the southwest, on the second front, Philip’s son and heir, the future Louis VIII, moved against King John’s own forces. The English monarch beat a hasty retreat rather than fight a prolonged war.

The use of monasteries as archival depositories, closely related to the historiographical function, was commonplace for lay aristocrats and monarchs across Christian Europe: Crouch, “Norman ‘Conventio,’” p. 299; Demurger, Templiers, p. 377. 33 The great monastery had rivals in France, and it was as rivals that the abbot and monks thought of institutions like Reims cathedral, the coronation church. Perhaps the feeling of rivalry peaked at those moments during the coronations when the abbot of Saint-Denis was obliged to take his part in the ceremony.

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