Based on a fresh reading of primary sources, Lindy Grant's
comprehensive biography of Abbot Suger (1081-1151) provides a
reassessment of a key figure of the twelfth century. Active in
secular and religious affairs alike - Suger was Regent of France
and also abbot of one of the most important abbeys in Europe during
the time of the Gregorian reforms. But he is primarily remembered
as a great artistic patron whose commissions included buildings in
the new Gothic style. Lindy Grant reviews him in all these roles -
and offers a corrective to the current tendency to exaggerate his
role as architect of both French royal power and the new gothic
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