Quinze Vingts

Louis IX, King of France, Saint Louis, who bought the crown of thorns, parts of the true cross, the holy lance; Louis, who built Sainte Chapelle; Louis, who fasted, loved sermons, heard two masses each day (dressing at midnight for matins) ; Louis, who surrounded himself with chanting priests on horseback when he traveled; Louis, who brought beggars into the back door of his palace; Louis, the ideal king of the late middle ages—his "name-day" was last week fervently sentimentally celebrated by all blind people of France. They of the Quinze Vingts, world's...

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