The Sainte-Chapelle and the Construction of Sacral Monarchy: Royal Architecture in Thirteenth-Century Paris

The Sainte-Chapelle and the Construction of Sacral Monarchy: Royal Architecture in Thirteenth-Century Paris


This publication bargains a singular point of view on the most very important monuments of French Gothic structure, the Sainte-Chapelle, built in Paris through King Louis IX of France among 1239 and 1248 particularly to carry and to rejoice Christ's Crown of Thorns. Meredith Cohen argues that the chapel's structure, ornament, and use conveyed the suggestion of sacral kingship to its viewers in Paris and in larger Europe, thereby implicitly raising the French king to the extent of suzerain, and constructing an early visible precedent for the political theories of royal sovereignty and French absolutism. by way of environment the chapel inside of its broader city and royal contexts, this ebook bargains new perception into royal illustration and the increase of Paris as a political and cultural capital within the 13th century.

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