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France St. Louis IX, Crusader King and Saint of France Bronze Medal

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The last great crusader king is captured in this brilliant, medieval-style medal!

King Louis IX of France (1214-1270) led two crusades to recapture the Holy Land. He was known for his religious zeal, his piety, and his kindness to the poor, all of which contributed to his reputation as the perfect Christian prince. He was also a great patron of the arts and built the famous Sainte-Chappelle in Paris. He was canonized a Roman Catholic saint in 1297, only twenty-seven years after his death.


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In The Da Vinci Code, the Knights Templar were the guardians of an incredible treasure (and an incredible secret!) during the Middle Ages, when they acted as a papal-sponsored banking organization, issuing letters of credit that were good anywhere in the Christian world. They had a close association with King Louis IX of France, whom they served ably. In fact they thought to have provided his ransom after he was captured during the Seventh Crusade.


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Obverse

Saint Louis IX is featured in this bust effigy, adapted from a medieval portrait of the crusader king. He is dressed in his regal finery, with both his crown and his mantle copiously adorned with precious gems. All around him are fleurs-de-lis, the royal emblem of the Capetian dynasty and the symbol of France ever since.


Reverse

Christ crucified on the cross, surrounded by the royals fleurs-de-lis, adapted from a medieval painting by the artist Albert de Jaeger. The legend around the rim translates as, “1270-1970 National Commemoration of the 700th Anniversary of the Death of St. Louis.”


Packaging
This medal is presented in the traditional, blue Monnaie de Paris gift box. A clear plastic display stand is included.

Specifications
Country France
Weight 260 g
Diameter 81 mm
   
Composition    Bronze
Edge Plain
Artist Albert de Jaeger


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