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Constructing KingshipThe Capetian Monarchs of France and the Early Crusades$
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James Naus

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090974

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090974.001.0001

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Framing the Capetian miracle

Framing the Capetian miracle

(p.15) 1 Framing the Capetian miracle
Constructing Kingship

James Naus

Manchester University Press

Chapter one establishes the narrative and conceptual framework necessary to interpret this crucial period of crusading. In particular, it examines the state of Capetian France on the eve of the First Crusade. While many historians have considered this period, few have done so from a non-administrative perspective. That is to say, the prevailing narrative explains the rise of Capetian power in the early twelfth century in terms of fiscal centralization and land acquisitions that began at the end of the eleventh. This is not incorrect, but neither is it the full picture. Thus, this chapter argues that this period cannot be fully understood without considering the role of prestige in the transformative process. In this way, the pre-crusading history of France is an essential component in understanding the eventual impact of the crusades of the image and practise of kingship.

Keywords:   Saint-Denis, Fleury, Reims, Capetian Dynasty

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