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The Apple of His EyeConverts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX$
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William Chester Jordan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691190112

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691190112.001.0001

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Converting the World

Converting the World

(p.1) Introduction Converting the World
The Apple of His Eye

William Chester Jordan

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter briefly covers the relatively underexplored topic of conversion during the Crusades. It points to the French king Louis IX's program for the conversion of Muslims, which incorporated, because of circumstances, a small number of pagan refugees as well. This was part of a complex of conversionary impulses long associated with Louis IX. There are notable differences among his various efforts, but there are also remarkable parallels and similarities. After first summarizing these other, better-investigated endeavors, as well as some related developments in the thirteenth century, the chapter proceeds to set the scene for the king's attempts to bring Muslims and pagans to the Catholic faith.

Keywords:   Louis IX, Crusades, conversion, Muslims, pagans, Catholicism

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