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Bracelet - King Louis IX & Mary of Magdala - Amazonite 18K Gold Vermeil Rosary Bracelet

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This King Louis IX & Mary of Magdala rosary bracelet includes a medal of Saint Louis - King Louis IX, the only French king who became a saint. He is holding the Crown of Thorns which he obtained and built Saint Chapelle in Paris to house the Crown of Thorns. The Crown of Thorns has since been transferred to Notre Dame in Paris.

King Louis had a great devotion to Saint Mary Magdalene and therefore the bracelet also includes an 18K gold vermeil medal of Mary of Magdala. The ten Hail Marys are amazonite and wire wrapped with gold filled wire, the Our Father amazonite is capped with crowns on either side. I found this tiny crown on my last visit to Paris on the Ile Saint Louis (named after King Louis), the tiny island in the center of Paris, and had it recast in sterling silver and plated in 18K gold.

Louis was born on 25 April 1214 at Poissy, near Paris, the son of Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile. At the time of his birth his grandfather, Philip II, was King of France. Louis was 9 years old when his grandfather died and his father became King Louis VIII. When Louis was 12 years old his father died, and a month later Louis was crowned king at Reims cathedral. Because he was so young his mother ruled France as regent for a number of years.

Louis’ mother trained him to be a great leader and a good Christian. When he was 20 years old he married Margaret of Provence, a devout Catholic. At this time he took charge as King of France.

In 1248 Louis decided that his obligations as a son of the Church out- weighed those of his throne, and he left his kingdom for the SEVENTH CRUSADE. Louis landed in Egypt with his followers in June of 1249. Two years later Louis lost his army in battle and was captured by the Egyptians. His release was eventually negotiated for a very large sum of money.

In the spring of 1254 King Louis IX and his army returned to France. He and his entourage climbed the mountain to the Cave of La Sainte-Baume to give thanks for their safe return from the CRUSADES. There is a placque in the cave that commemmorates this visit with the words “Visitee par S Louis a son retour de la Terre Sainte” or “Visited by Saint Louis on his return of the Holy Land.”

King Louis IX was renowned for his charity. Beggars were fed from his table, he ate their leftovers, washed their feet, ministered to the wants of the lepers, and daily fed over one hundred poor. He founded many hospitals and houses to help the poor and down trodden.

In 1270 on his second CRUSADE, King Louis IX died at Tunis of dysentery.

Pope Boniface VIII proclaimed the canonization of Louis in 1297; he is the only French king to be declared a saint.

King Louis IX’s nephew, Charles of Anjou, was the one to uncover the tomb of Mary Magdalene in 1279.

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