08-Saint Louis

The ninth King of France of that name. Although he died of disease in 1270 on foreign soil while leading an unsuccessful crusade, his reputation was made secure by a life of spiritual fervor. A patriot, a peace-maker, a political administrator who demanded and obtained integrity and honesty from his subordinates, and a prisoner of war concerned about other prisoners of war (whom he personally ransomed when he could), St. Louis was a pious and devoted Christian, son, husband, and father.

Painting by Emile Signol