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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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Living in France

Living in France

(p.97) Chapter Three Living in France
The Apple of His Eye

William Chester Jordan

Princeton University Press

This chapter determines just how successful Louis IX's conversion project had been. It first asks how many converted Muslims and pagans had actually settled in France. All the chroniclers and thirteenth-century biographers of Louis IX who write about the conversion project appear to imply that the overwhelming proportion of converts were from Islam. The chapter, however, presents a more complicated picture through the use of documentary evidence, and creates a rough estimate of the converted population in northern France during the thirteenth century. In addition, the chapter explores the other logistical concerns of settling these immigrant converts in France, covering their royal stipends and endowments, occupations, population densities, how well they assimilated into French society, and similar.

Keywords:   immigrant converts, France, documentary evidence, French royal expenditures, converted Muslims, converted pagans, microregions

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