Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-189) and index.
Three early letters on the sanctity of Louis IX
Geoffrey of Beaulieu's Life and comportment of Louis, former King of the Franks, of pious memory
William of Chartres' On the life and deeds of Louis, king of the Franks of famous memory, and on the miracles which declare his sanctity
Boniface VIII's bull Gloria laus.
"Louis IX of France reigned as king from 1226 to 1270 and was widely considered an exemplary Christian ruler, renowned for his piety, justice, and charity toward the poor. After his death on crusade, he was proclaimed a saint in 1297, and today Saint Louis is regarded as one of the central figures of early French history and the High Middle Ages. In The Sanctity of Louis IX, Larry F. Field offers the first English-language translations of two of the earliest and most important accounts of the king's life: one composed by Geoffrey of Beaulieu, the king's long-time Dominican confessor, and the other by William of Chartres, a secular clerk in Louis's household who eventually joined the Dominican Order himself. Written shortly after Louis's death, these accounts are rich with details and firsthand observations absent from other works, most notably Jean of Joinville's well-known narrative"-- Publisher's Web site.