St. Louis of France: A king’s might lies in the affection of his people

September 27, 2010


The eldest son of Saint Louis IX, who never succeeded the Crusader-King since he died first, received the following counsel from his father:

“My son, endear yourself to the people of your kingdom; for I prefer that a Scotsman come and govern them well and loyally, than for you to govern them badly.”

Louis, Eldest Son of St. Louis IX

Louis, Eldest Son of St. Louis IX

Marius Sepet, Saint Louis (Paris: Victor Lecoffre, 1913), p. 28 ( translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 11


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