|A Tale of Two Monasteries. Westminster and Saint Denis in the Thirteenth Century
|October 8, 2023
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A Tale of Two Monasteries. Westminster and Saint Denis in the Thirteenth Century
In “A Tale of Two Monasteries: Westminster and Saint Denis in the Thirteenth Century,” acclaimed historian William Chester Jordan takes readers on a captivating journey through the religious and political landscapes of medieval Europe. Drawing from an extensive range of primary sources and scholarly research, Jordan provides a detailed and engrossing account of the pivotal role played by two iconic monastic institutions – Westminster Abbey in England and Saint Denis in France – during the tumultuous thirteenth century.
Jordan begins by setting the stage for his narrative, delving into the historical context of the time. The thirteenth century was characterized by a series of significant events such as the rise of the Capetian dynasty in France, the signing of the Magna Carta in England, and the emergence of Gothic architecture. Against this backdrop, Jordan explores the deep connections between religious institutions and the political powerhouses of the era.
The author then embarks on a comprehensive exploration of Westminster Abbey, situated in the heart of London. As the coronation site for English monarchs and the final resting place of numerous kings and.