Gothic Cathedrals

Gothic architecture developed in the High Middle Ages from the Romanesque style. It had originated in twelve-century France. The largest number of surviving Gothic architectural works are cathedrals, although the Basilica of Saint Denis (Paris, France) is typically acknowledged to be the first Gothic building. Continue reading

King Louis IX of France

Statue of King Louis IX in Lower Chapel of the Sainte-Chapelle

Statue of King Louis IX in Lower Chapel of the Sainte-Chapelle

King Louis IX of France, of the Capetian dynasty, reigned from 1226 to 1270 A.D. He was a peacemaker in Europe and he constantly performed anonymous charity services. Louis seriously wanted to convert the French Jews to Catholicism, as he himself was a devout Catholic. He was canonized a saint in 1297 by Pope Boniface VIII. Continue reading