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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jean de Joinville

Jean de Joinville (John) is perhaps the most well-known of medieval chroniclers. Born to noble parents, John received his education at the court of Theobald, Count of Champagne, where he studied reading and writing.
At age sixteen, he want with the count to the French king’s court, and three years later, as the king was organizing the Seventh Crusade, John decided to take up the cross and go with King Louis IX on crusade.
John became close friends with the king, and acted as advisor and confidant. Their friendship continued, but when the king set out on another crusade in 1270, John refused to go, predicting a disastrous outcome.
King Louis died on the crusade, and the pope initiated an inquest for possible canonization. Because of John’s close friendship with King Louis, John appeared as a witness. King Louis, subsequently, was declared a saint.
In John’s later years, at the request of Jeanne of Navarre, queen consort of France, John wrote Historie de Saint Louis, and finished it in 1309. John died in 1317 at age ninety-three, fifty years after the death of his good friend, the now sainted king.

In The Tapestry Shop (October from Five Star/Gale), the heroine, Catherine, vows to join King Louis’ crusade.
“Adam, the women at Orleans … they will meet me at a monastery, a famed place of pilgrimage, where they will pray for the crusaders’ safety before going on to Aigues-Mortes.”
He reined in the mare. His expression conveyed desperation. “Where? What monastery?”
“In Arles. I tried to tell you before.”

The Tapestry Shop has received glowing reviews, excerpts of which can be seen at Joyce's website.


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Living to 93! Amazing in those times. The Crusades were a disaster. A pity we couldn't learn from history. But human nature never changes unfortunately.

Jacqueline Seewald
TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS, sensual historical romance set in the Regency era

Caroline Clemmons said...

Wow, what an interesting blog post. I didn't know any of this. Thanks for sharing.

Joyce Moore said...

Hi Jacqueline: Yes, but the travel the crusaders did brought back a lot of information to Europe that otherwise would have been long in coming, so while not their intent, they did have positive effects on the culture. And where would we be without stories of the Hospitalliers etc., spawned during that time? Thanks for stopping, Jacqueline. I always enjoy your thoughtful comments.

Joyce Moore said...

Caroline: Hi, and thanks for stopping by. I know, some of the lesser figures get bypassed for the monarchs. We can thank Joinville for much of what we know about the crusades and Louis IX himself.

catslady said...

A very interesting post. I learn so much here :)

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Catslady: Nice to see you come by again. Also, I'm glad to share interesting stuff I find along the way. You can't include all the really neat info you find doing research, so blogs can be a great place to share, and hopefully help someone else, or maybe even give someone a story idea. Thanks for stopping