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Saint Louis: Louis IX, Most Christian King of France

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This is a biography of Louis IX (1214-1270), King of France. He took ruling seriously, as well he might since his mother was Blanche of Castile. Blanche ruled France for years during Louis' minority, he was twelve when his father died, and Blanche was the granddaughter of the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine and her equally formidable husband, Henry II Plantagenet. Blanche ...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published 1968 by Little, Brown and Company
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Terence
Oct 20, 2008 Terence rated it liked it
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Though 40 years old, Margaret Labarge's book lays out the basic course and essential importance of Saint Louis' reign (1226-1270) in clear, straightforward prose. France was blessed (or cursed depending upon where your sympathies lie) by a century's worth of reasonably capable kings and ministers who created the nation of "France," starting with Louis' grandfather Philip Augustus (1180-1223). (Of course, it helped that the Angevin realm imploded upon Henry II's death.)

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