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- DescriptionPicturing Kingship presents the first comprehensive art-historical study of the personal prayerbook of King Louis IX. The book approaches the St. Louis Psalter through a rich range of perspectives and methodologies and positions it within the contexts of its production and use. Not only is the manuscript's production and structure given detailed study, but the king's ways of handling his prayerbook - his habits of reading, looking, and praying - are also set forth in a compelling narrative of his view of his sacred responsibilities as king. In the first half of the book, Stahl investigates the Psalter's physical construction and development within the context of manuscript production in thirteenth-century Paris. The second half looks at the Psalter's thematic and icographic workings and the role of the king's adviser - Vincent of Beauvais - in the Psalter's shaping. Most important, though, the author delves into the meanings the Psalter might have held for the king, who was a crusader and so devout a Christian that he was canized by Boniface VIII. Stahl makes it clear that the Psalter, already recognized as one of the true masterworks of thirteenth-century French culture, should also be recognized as a significant force in Louis IX's life and reign.
- Author BiographyHarvey Stahl was Professor of Medieval Art at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Author(s)Harvey Stahl
- PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
- Date of Publication18/03/2008
- SubjectAntiques & Collectables
- Place of PublicationUniversity Park
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPennsylvania State University Press
- Content Note60 colour/50 b&w illustrations
- Weight2182 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine36 mm
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