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Courting SanctityHoly Women and the Capetians$
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Sean L. Field

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501736193

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501736193.001.0001

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Isabelle of France

Isabelle of France

A Holy Woman at the Heart of the Capetian Court

(p.23) Chapter 1 Isabelle of France
Courting Sanctity

Sean L. Field

Cornell University Press

The emergent reputation for sanctity of Isabelle of France (sister of Louis IX) was central to the development of larger Capetian claims to enjoy a unique favour in the eyes of God. Around 1260, Isabelle was the spiritual star of the court, as reflected in a series of texts written by bishops, friars such as Thomas of Cantimpré and Guibert of Tournai, and popes Innocent IV and Alexander IV. In the last decade of her life, however, her saintly reputation faded due to her refusal to become a nun and to her battles with the Franciscan Order over the rule for her abbey of Longchamp.

Keywords:   Isabelle of France, Longchamp, Pope Innocent IV, Guibert of Tournai, Pope Alexander IV, Thomas of Cantimpré, Franciscan

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