Louis IX: King, Crusader, and Saint

Catholicism Pure & Simple

Voltaire, sworn enemy of Catholicism, who had once ranted: “Ecrasons l’infame!” (“Let us crush the Infamous One!” – meaning the Catholic religion) wrote these honest words describing King Louis IX:

Louis IX appeared to be a prince destined to reform Europe, if she could have been reformed, to render France triumphant and civilized, and to be in all things a pattern for men. His piety, which was that of an anchorite, did not deprive him of any kingly virtue. A profound policy was combined with strict justice and he is perhaps the only sovereign who is entitled to this praise; prudent and firm in counsel, intrepid without rashness in his wars, he was as compassionate as if he had always been unhappy. No man could have carried virtue further.”

Louis IX, St. Louis, was not an egalitarian. Yet no one could have cared more for the poor…

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