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Author Jordan, William C., 1948-

Title A tale of two monasteries : Westminster and Saint-Denis in the thirteenth century / William Chester Jordan
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 245 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents England and France in the early thirteenth century -- Two great monasteries and two young men -- The Treaty of Paris -- The best of times, the worst of times -- A monumental rivalry -- Two royal successions -- The abbeys in the new regimes -- Diplomacy and governance -- Epilogue
Summary A Tale of Two Monasteries takes an unprecedented look at one of the great rivalries of the Middle Ages and offers it as a revealing lens through which to view the intertwined histories of medieval England and France. This is the first book to systematically compare Westminster Abbey and the abbey of Saint-Denis--two of the most important ecclesiastical institutions of the thirteenth century--and to do so through the lives and competing careers of the two men who ruled them, Richard de Ware of Westminster and Mathieu de Vendome of Saint-Denis. Esteemed historian William Jordan weaves a breathta
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-242) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Mathieu, de Vendôme, approximately 1222-1286.
Richard, de Ware, -1283.
Abbaye de Saint-Denis (Saint-Denis, France) -- History.
Westminster Abbey -- History.
France -- Politics and government -- 1226-1270.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1216-1272.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691139016 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
1400830389 (electronic bk.)
9780691139012 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9781400830381 (electronic bk.)