- Jul 2019
- New Jersey
I would definitely agree that Louis IX was nothing like the butchers of ISIS (although the depredations carried out against the Cathars were pretty awful). Louis genuinely cared about his Christian subjects, be they rich or poor, and was in many respects a model ruler.It may have been that some Jews and some Christians of the relm of St Louis committed crimes, they would have all been opposed. Britannica says that St Louis had a pious mother whom brought Louis up in a non bigoted Christian setting. Louis also had to deal with Cathar rebellions. Its not a matter of me viewing any person or group as liars. Other sources have been posted that challenge this anti St Louis narrative. And of course not everyone agrees, student of Jewish history or student of any history when it comes to the character and legacy of St Louis. To this day in Israel Jewish figures that have critiques just as you criticize St Louis....also have streets and monuments named after them in Israel. I would not though overtly complain to people in Israel to say that their heroes are somehow villains. For this situation there is more to the picture then meet the eye. Bottom Line is St Louis is honored worldwide by people of all colors and walks of life, he is a good figure to look up to. At least agree that St Louis is not in the same category as say the leader of ISIL?
The reason why I bring his anti-semitism up (and I reiterate that it is universally accepted by historians that he was an anti-semite - Britannica's omission notwithstanding) is to point out that not everything is so clear cut. "Heroes" and "villains" are the stuff of fantasy books, not real life. Yes, in some respects he was a great man - but in other respects he was awful. There's no need to reconcile the good Louis IX and the bad Louis IX. That's just the way human nature works, we are creatures full of contradictions. You are praising Louis extensively, so I am balancing your positive points with my negative points. Had you vilified Louis IX extensively, I would balance your negative points with positive ones.