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By William Chester Jordan

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A story of 2 Monasteries takes an unparalleled examine one of many nice rivalries of the center a long time and provides it as a revealing lens wherein to view the intertwined histories of medieval England and France. this is often the 1st e-book to systematically examine 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 background of the interval. It used to be an age of uprising and crusades, of creative and architectural innovation, of remarkable political reform, and of annoying overseas diplomacy--and Richard and Mathieu, in a single manner or one other, performed very important roles in a majority of these advancements. Jordan strains their upward push 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 brilliant portrait of medieval society and politics, and of the formidable males who motivated them so profoundly.

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203. 81 The so-called Protest of Saint Louis of 1247; Maier, Preaching the Crusades, pp. 129–30. 82 Aristocratic support was very considerable (Jordan, Louis IX, pp. 18–24, 66–68), but less so among the Bretons than I estimated (p. 67); see the corrective provided in Jones, “Les Bretons et les croisades,” pp. 371–72. 85 Frederick would not commit resources before the fact of reconciliation, the lifting of his excommunication, and the annulment of his deposition. 87 The king himself also authorized a thoroughgoing investigation of the realm in 1247, the intention being to streamline administration and make it more effective fiscally, and to atone for injustices that royal officials had accidentally or deliberately committed against his subjects during his reign.

96 Nevertheless, it did become clear to the crusaders in the Holy Land that they could not remain there forever. The news that Blanche was dead did not reach the French king until mid-1253, almost six months after her death. A deeply shaken Louis IX decided he had to return to France. There was still business to finish and arrangements for the Crusader States to be made, but when these were completed, he embarked. The remnants of the great army that had departed Europe in 1248 with such hope landed in Provence in the early summer of 1254 with a king at their head who accepted responsibility for the disaster.

66 Soon after the reception of the Crown and many other relics from the Byzantine hoard, the king made the decision to build a sanctuary especially for them. 68 After the investigation in Paris and what appears to have been some disagreement about the extent of the material in the Talmud that could be interpreted as absurd or as denigrating Christ, Mary, and the tenets of the Catholic faith, the French government ordered the burning of as many copies of the work as possible, an act accomplished in 1242.

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