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Crowning Paris: King Louis IX, Archbishop Cornut, and the translation of the Crown of Thorns

Guerry, Emily Davenport (2017) Crowning Paris: King Louis IX, Archbishop Cornut, and the translation of the Crown of Thorns. Transactions of the American Philosophy Society . American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, USA, 210 pp. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

When King Louis IX of France acquired the Crown of Thorns from the Latin Emperor Baldwin II of Constantinople, the status of this Passion relic would be forever changed. This book examines the impact of this relic acquisition and the influence of ritual, text, and image on the development of the devotional imagination in medieval France. In August 1239, the ceremonial culture staged throughout the province of Sens galvanized interest in the new royal cult across the Capetian kingdom. Thereafter, the composition and circulation of the text known as the Historia Susceptionis Coronae Spineae informed readers and listeners of the history, itinerary, and significance of this translation event. Soon after its completion, compilers adapted the content of the Historia for the production of liturgical offices to celebrate the translatio of the Crown relic in France. What follows is the first sustained study of the Historia and its legacy. It upholds the attribution of Archbishop Gauthier Cornut of Sens as its author and exposes his pivotal role in re-defining the symbolic value of the Crown of Thorns in salvation history.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > DC France
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Emily Guerry
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2017 11:28 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65446 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Guerry, Emily Davenport: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1844-3347
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