On the occasion of the feast of Louis IX, also known as Saint Louis, we offer you products in the image of this great king, the only king to have been canonized in 1297, only twenty-seven years after his death. Guided by an unshakeable faith, he bought the relics of Christ's passion, took part in two crusades and founded the grandiose fortified town of Aigues-Mortes, in the Gard. Attentive to his people, he profoundly modified the kingdom's judicial institutions, thus forging a reputation as a just king whose statue still stands at the highest court in France.
This is a portrait of the holy King of France, St. Louis IX (1214-1270), by J. Ingres. St. Louis is depicted wearing the Fleur-de-lis, the royal arms of France. The King holds Christ's crown of thorns and nails, which he housed in Sainte-Chapelle, the chapel which he built.