Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Abbot Suger

Ambulatory and radiating chapels of the abbey church of St. Denis, 1140-1144. (outside of Paris)

Suger (pronounced 'sue-ghay') (1081-1151) French historian and politician, regent of France during the Second Crusade. In 1122 he was elected abbot of St. Denis, Paris, and was counsellor to, and biographer of, Louis VI and Louis VII. He began the reconstruction of St. Denis as the first large scale Gothic building. (Brockhampton)

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