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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 in 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 an important 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 historical past of the interval. It was once an age of uprising and crusades, of creative and architectural innovation, of remarkable political reform, and of exasperating foreign diplomacy--and Richard and Mathieu, in a single method or one other, performed very important roles in a lot of these advancements. Jordan lines their upward thrust 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 in the course of the crusades. by means of 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 brilliant portrait of medieval society and politics, and of the formidable males who inspired them so profoundly.

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ENGLAND AND FRANCE 13 strategic and tactical reasons did not pursue the conquest of the duchy of Aquitaine and its cities, the last great territory in France under English control. Even without seizing Aquitaine, he added thousands of square kilometers to his father’s conquests before calling off the campaign. His second achievement was the enforcement of his newly acquired rights in the deep south. Following Amaury’s concessions he became the head of the Albigensian Crusade and in a brilliant campaign in 1226 succeeded in inflicting a string of defeats that effectively brought large parts of Languedoc under the French crown’s direct control.

36–49. , pp. 96–101. 14 CHAPTER I mony, the county of Toulouse, was formally recognized by treaty as his of right, the count nevertheless lost to the crown and to other princes and lords considerable lands his father had once held, including large territories in Provence. He also had to agree that his heir, a girl, Jeanne, would marry Louis IX’s younger brother, Alphonse. Such a marriage, in the best-case scenario for the French crown, presaged an eventual Capetian, though not necessarily royal, succession in the county of Toulouse.

92–176. 23 For the evidence of the “Dit du Lendit” and Fossier’s comments, which make the point about parchment, which is not stressed in the poem, see his Histoire e´conomique et sociale, p. 364, and the Atlas historique de Saint-Denis, p. 390. 24 Atlas historique de Saint-Denis, p. 389. 25 Layettes, 4:28–29, 131, 181 nos. 4720, 4726, 5034, 5172. 30 CHAPTER II among the Greeks. Denis, after all, according to the legends was a Greek saint—and it was he, reputedly the apostle Paul’s disciple—who lay in France.

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