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Courting Sanctity: Holy Women and the Capetians

Sean L. Field


Courting Sanctity traces the shifting relationship between holy women and the French royal court across the long thirteenth century. It argues that during the reign of Louis IX (r. 1226-70) holy women were central to the rise of the Capetian self-presentation as uniquely favored by God, that such women’s influence was questioned and reshaped under Philip III (r. 1270-85), and that would-be holy women were increasingly assumed to pose physical, spiritual, and political threats by the death of Philip IV (r. 1285-1314). Six holy women lie at the heart of the analysis. The saintly reputations of I ... More

Keywords: Holy, women, France, Capetian, Isabelle of France, King Louis IX of France, King Philip III of France, King Philip IV of France, Elizabeth of Spalbeek, Marguerite Porete

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501736193
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501736193.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean L. Field, author
University of Vermont