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King Louis IX of France

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Portrait of Louis IX by El Greco

Portrait of Louis IX by El Greco

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King Louis IX is also known as:

Saint Louis

King Louis IX was noted for:

His kindness, fair dealings, and piety. He was a very popular monarch who went on two Crusades, and is the only French king ever to be made a saint.

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Important Dates:

    Born: April 25, 1214
    Crowned: 1226, precise date unrecorded
    Married: May 29, 1234
    Died: Aug. 25, 1270

Quotation from Louis IX:

    “To keep right and justice be thou righteous and steady with thy people, without turning to the right hand or to the left, but straight forward, and uphold the poor man’s suit until the truth be made manifest.”

    --attributed to a letter from Louis to his son by Jean de Joinville in The History of St. Louis.

About Louis IX:

Louis received an exceptional education and ascended to the throne at age 12. His mother, Blanche of Castile, acted as his regent, and would continue to serve as his closest advisor until her death. Louis displayed courage and diplomatic wisdom at an early age and developed a reputation as a chivalrous knight, a conscientious leader, and a pious man. Because he was so devout, Louis went on Crusade twice, with small victories and ultimate failure each time. He died of the plague on his second trip to the Holy Land.

For more about Louis, visit your Guide's Concise Biography of Louis IX.

More Louis Resources:

Concise Biography of Louis IX
Encyclopedia Article about Louis IX
Encyclopedia Article about Blanche of Castile
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