They give it a shot, with The Book on the Consecration of the Church of Saint-Denis, the Book of Abbot Suger
of Saint-Denis: His Accomplishments during His Administration, The Illustrious King Louis [VII] Son of Louis [VI], and The Life of Suger: The Circular Letter of the Monastery of Saint-Denis Concerning the Death of Abbot Suger
Cothren attempts to reconstruct the stained-glass cycle of the Infancy of Christ in Abbot Suger
's famous choir.
The initiation of the new style is attributed to Abbot Suger
(1081-1151) of the church of St.
As the Abbot Suger
inscribed on the medieval doors of Saint-Denis in Paris: 'the work I Should brighten the minds, so that they may travel, through the true lights I To the True Light ...'
Whether intended to awe the living or honour the dead, reliquaries were to be adorned only with 'the most precious materials', according to Abbot Suger
In Abbot Suger
's Life of King Louis the Fat, the monastic leader described a moment in Louis's life that reflected the popularity of pilgrimage: "When he [Louis] came to the castle of Bethizy, he was at once followed by messengers of William, duke of Aquitaine, who told him of the duke's death on his pilgrimage to St.
To provide a fuller context, Pastoureau also engages with discourse on color in general: theologians' discussions of color, both pro, Abbot Suger
's writings about color's symbolic role, as divine light, and con, Bernard of Clairvaux's argument that color is matter and therefore base.
The head of the abbey, Abbot Suger
, realised that a cross-ribbed vault and pointed arch would greatly enhance the use of natural light in the building; accordingly, the abbey's windows were designed to allow his choir to be 'flooded with a new light' and thus a new architectural style known as Gothic was born.
He approaches his topic with a wide sweep, taking in Bishop Gunther of Bamberg and Abbot Suger
of St Denis, discusses the episcopal court at Strasbourg as the possible audience for Tristan, and describes the grotto both as a monastery of love (with its own liturgy, procession and commemoratio) and at the same time as a court of love (with a massenie that surpasses even Arthur's Round Table).
Again, Park shows us Abbot Suger
contemplating the marvellous treasures of St.
Then came the building by Abbot Suger
of the magnificent new church (1140 ...), the rebuilding of the Abbey church in the thirteenth century, the ever-closer links with the monarchy, which included the safekeeping of such symbols of kingly authority as the Oriflamme, together with an ever-increasing number of special ceremonies of pomp and circumstance.
The book also suffers from a glaring and inexplicable omission: Abbot Suger
's Vita Ludovici Grossi Regis, a superb source for early twelfth-century warfare, is barely utilised at all.