By William Chester Jordan
A story of 2 Monasteries takes an extraordinary examine one of many nice rivalries of the center a while and provides 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 in the course of 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 unheard of political reform, and of exasperating foreign diplomacy--and Richard and Mathieu, in a single manner or one other, performed very important roles in these types of 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 in the course of the crusades. through permitting 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 formidable males who encouraged them so profoundly.
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60 Sive´ry, Louis VIII, pp. 239–60, 363–400. 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.
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. 26 On their side, Saint-Denis’s monks celebrated a Greek mass on the octave of their patron saint, 16 October. 27 Details about the liturgical life, the real estate holdings, and the relations of Saint-Denis with other institutions are extensively recorded. The monastery’s thick cartularies, for example, meticulously inscribe its gifts, along with a staggering number and variety of other acts.
282 and 288. , p. , pp. 272–90. 42 McKechnie, Magna Carta, pp. 233–34; Lyon, Constitutional and Legal History, pp. 385–88. 43 Titow, English Rural Society, p. 97; Bridbury, “Thirteenth-Century Prices,” p. 20. 44 Treharne, Baronial Plan of Reform, pp. 1–69. 45 On Simon de Montfort’s relations with Henry III at this stage, see Maddicott, Simon de Montfort, pp. 154–62. 46 Powicke, Thirteenth Century, p. 135. 10 CHAPTER I and heir, Prince Edward, and the longtime abbot of Westminster, Richard de Crokseley, met with the barons in a great court or council, the famous Oxford Parliament.