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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 gives it as a revealing lens by which to view the intertwined histories of medieval England and France. this can be the 1st e-book to systematically evaluate Westminster Abbey and the abbey of Saint-Denis--two of crucial ecclesiastical associations of the 13th century--and to take action during 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 heritage of the interval. It used to be an age of uprising and crusades, of inventive and architectural innovation, of unparalleled political reform, and of exasperating overseas diplomacy--and Richard and Mathieu, in a single manner or one other, performed vital roles in a majority of these advancements. Jordan strains their upward push from imprecise 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 through the crusades. through permitting us to appreciate the advanced 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 bright portrait of medieval society and politics, and of the formidable males who motivated them so profoundly.

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307–18. See also Murray, Notre-Dame Cathedral of Amiens, p. 76. 87 Jordan, Louis IX, pp. 79–82. Whether churchmen desired to or even thought it fair that they should contribute may be doubted; see Buc, Ambiguı¨te´ du Livre, pp. 279–80. 88 Jordan, Louis IX, pp. 46–63; idem, French Monarchy and the Jews, pp. 133–37, 144– 46; Sive´ry, “Me´contentement dans le royaume de France,” pp. 3–4; Bartlett, “Impact of Royal Government,” pp. 83–96. ENGLAND AND FRANCE 21 those provinces most poorly governed, reimbursed enormous numbers of petitioners, and cracked down hard and systematically on Jewish moneylenders—all to cleanse himself and his government of the pollution that came from failing to provide justice.

King Philip undertook no further major military endeavors himself after 1214, either to seize lands held by the English south of the Loire or to take possession of territories in the deep south of the country where another confused situation did offer opportunities. There, in the deep south, northern Frenchmen had been involved since 1209 in a violent struggle on the papacy’s behalf to dispossess those native political authorities who were regarded as protectors of the so-called Cathar heretics.

28 An appropriate oblation this was for the Greek holy man who protected France (in modern parlance, one would describe him as the realm’s patron saint). 31 Finally, the great sanctuary also sheltered some of the 26 Waldman, “Denis,” p. 292. Robertson, Service Books, pp. 285–98. 28 Sive´ry, Philippe III, p. 41. 29 Waldman, “Denis,” p. 293. For a more comprehensive treatment of the oriflamme, see Lombard-Jourdan, Fleur-de-lis, pp. 152–61. 30 Clark, “Saint-Denis,” p. 838. 31 Spiegel, Chronicle Tradition of Saint-Denis.

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