Men at the Center
Redemptive Governance under Louis IX
The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Series, vol. 6
William Chester Jordan, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History and Chairman of the History Department of Princeton University
Three portraits of men who were at the very center of governance in thirteenth-century France—men who strove in the shadow of King Louis IX (Saint Louis) to impose a redemptive regime on the realm. Professor Jordan treats them as individuals, but in a sense they are also types: Robert of Sorbon, a churchman; Etienne Boileau, a bourgeois; and Simon de Nesle, an aristocrat. Robert was the founder of the Sorbonne; Boileau was the prévôt or royal administrator of Paris; and Simon was twice co-regent of the kingdom. Thinking about them and their relations with Louis IX opens up a new and altogether sobering vista for exploring the nature of the king’s rule and the impact of his rule on his subjects.
Follows the biographical approach that Natalie Zemon Davis adopted in her celebrated book Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth-Century Lives.
Contents: Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Robert of Sorbon, Churchman Chapter 2: Étienne Boileau, Bourgeois Chapter 3: Simon de Nesle, Aristocrat Epilogue List of References Bibliography Index
"Jordan is a masterful speaker, and it would have been a
pleasure to hear his three lectures, now published in this beautifully
produced volume. In their written form, the three essays spring to
life, informed as they are by Jordan's vivid vocabulary, colorful
images, dramatic anecdotes, and interesting hypotheses.
Not only was I moved by Jordan's essays, I learned much from them. The
best books are those that lead readers to ponder, question, and
further investigate what they have read. In this respect, as in
others, Jordan's volume is commendable.
Providing numerous challenges that will lead readers to reflect,
debate, and inquire, William Chester Jordan's Men at the Center is a welcome addition to the
numerous valuable contributions he has made to our knowledge of Louis
IX's life and reign". - The Medieval Review
140 pages, paperback, 130 x 200mm (5.1”x7.9”)
$22.95 / €19.95 / £16.99
Sixth volume in the Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Series.
Other volumes in the series:
Vol.1. Measuring Time, Making History
Vol.2. Emotion and Devotion - The Meaning of Mary in Medieval Religious Cultures
Vol.3. Friendship and Love, Ethics and Politics - Studies in Mediaeval and Early Modern History
Vol.4. Emotions in History – Lost and Found
Vol.5. Divine Presence in Spain and Western Europe 1500-1960 - Visions, Religious Images and Photographs