Abbot Suger of St-Denis: Church and State in Early Twelfth-Century France, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Abbot Suger of St-Denis

Church and State in Early Twelfth-Century France, 1st Edition

By Lindy Grant, David Bates


358 pages

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Based on a fresh reading of primary sources, Lindy Grant's comprehensive biography of Abbot Suger (1081-1151) provides a reassessment of a key figure of the twelfth century. Active in secular and religious affairs alike - Suger was Regent of France and also abbot of one of the most important abbeys in Europe during the time of the Gregorian reforms. But he is primarily remembered as a great artistic patron whose commissions included buildings in the new Gothic style. Lindy Grant reviews him in all these roles - and offers a corrective to the current tendency to exaggerate his role as architect of both French royal power and the new gothic form.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: SETTING THE SCENE. 1. Interpreting Suger. 2. Reading Between the Lines. 3. Low Horizons: The Political and Religious Landscape of Capetian France Around 1100.PART TWO: ACTIVE LIFE. 4. Youth and Education. 5. The Young Politician 1106-1122. 6. The Abbot as Politician 1122-1137. 7. The Abbot as Politician 1137-mid-1140s.8. The Regent 1147-1149. PART THREE: THE ABBOT'S LIFE. 9. Pastor of his Flock. 10. Guardian of Abbey Property.11. The Patron. PART FOUR: DRAWING THE CURTAIN. 12. The Final Years 1149-1151. 13. Broad Horizons: The Political and Religious Landscape of Capetian France around 1150.

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