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John W. Baldwin brilliantly resurrects this key moment in Parisian history using documents only from 1190 to 1210—a narrow focus made possible by the availability of collections of the Capetian monarchy and the medieval scholastic thinkers. This unique approach results in a vivid snapshot of the city at the turn of the thirteenth century.
Paris, 1200 introduces the reader to the city itself and its inhabitants. Three "faces" exemplify these inhabitants: that of the celebrated scholar Pierre the Chanter, of King Philip Augustus, and of the more deeply hidden visages of women. The book examines the city's primary institutions: the royal government, the Church, and its celebrated schools that evolved into the university at Paris. Finally, it offers an account of the delights and pleasures, as well as the fears and sorrows, of Parisian life in this period.
"A deft work by a master scholar, Paris 1200 is a microhistory of the city, exploring the state of the church, royal governance, education, and civic culture at the turn of the 13th century . . . Students and scholars of France, Paris, urban history, and medieval life in general will find much within the book's rich tapestry to inform and delight them . . . Highly recommended."—R. F. Berkhofer III, Choice
Preface to the American Edition ix
Prologue: Paris in the Year 1200 1
Chapter 1 The City and its Bourgeoisie 17
Chapter 2 The Faces of Pierre the Chanter and Philip Augustus and the Hidden Visages of Women 63
Chapter 3 King Philip and His Government 94
Chapter 4 The Church, Clergy and Religious Life 128
Chapter 5 The Schools 175
Chapter 6 Delight and Pain 214
Epilogue: Raising the Roof 245
Selected Bibliography 259