Isabelle of France and Religious Devotion at the Court of Louis IX
The outward signs of religious devotion varied considerably among the French royal family in the early and mid-thirteenth century, at least in those of its members who resided principally in Paris. In someone like Queen (later, queen dowager) Blanche of Castile (1188–1252) they took the form of support for the Cistercian order and an overriding concern for the spiritual welfare of her children.1 In her son, Louis IX (r. 1226–70), they embraced ardor for the Crusade and for the evangelical piety of the mendicant friars and, especially in the second half of his career, for cumulative acts of penance, some decried by his critics as inappropriate to his royal estate.2
KeywordsSpiritual Welfare Latin Translation Outward Sign Religious Devotion Christian Life
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