A Tale of Two Monasteries: Westminster and Saint-Denis in by William Chester Jordan

By William Chester Jordan

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 during which to view the intertwined histories of medieval England and France. this can be 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 in the course of the lives and competing careers of the 2 males who governed them, Richard de Ware of Westminster and Mathieu de Vendôme 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 creative and architectural innovation, of extraordinary political reform, and of exasperating overseas diplomacy--and Richard and Mathieu, in a single approach or one other, performed very important roles in a majority 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. by way of 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 vibrant portrait of medieval society and politics, and of the bold males who encouraged them so profoundly.

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Yet there is no doubt that in royal circles there was continuing concern about benefiting from a business, usurious moneylending, that was in itself sinful. Once the government defeated initial resistance to the regency—and, even more important, once the ratification of the Treaty of Meaux-Paris appeared to assure real continuity between the achievements of the monarchy in the past and its hopes for the future—royal councilors in consultation with the king and his mother took stock of the relationship of France, conceived as a holy Catholic kingdom, and the Jews’ status within it.

On Louis’s invasion, see Sive´ry, Louis VIII, pp. 133–95. 57 In general, see Lambert, Cathars, but one of the best correctives, separating what we know about the beliefs and activities of the good men and women and what orthodox churchmen and most later historians have imputed to them, is Pegg’s Corruption of Angels. 54 12 CHAPTER I tics by peaceful means that provoked a Crusade against them and their alleged protectors in 1209, but a series of incidents, culminating in the murder of a papal legate, that did.

122–23, 208; Le Goff, “Saint Louis and the Mediterranean,” pp. 21–43. 98 Le Goff, “Saint Louis et le prie`re,” pp. 85–94. 99 For the images, see Jordan, “Psalter of Saint Louis,” pp. 65–91; idem, “The ‘People’ in the Psalter of Saint Louis,” pp. 13–28; Le Goff, “Royaute´ biblique,” pp. 157–67; idem, “Roi dans l’Occident,” p. 4; idem, “Coronation Program,” pp. 46–57; Guest, “The People Demand a King,” pp. 1–27; Weiss, “Three Solomon Portraits,” pp. 15–36; idem, “Biblical History and Medieval Historiography,” pp.

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