IX of France, who took the throne in 1226, had one aim in life - to
be a good king. Guided by the advice of his mother, he ruled well and
was beloved by his people. At the age of twenty-eight he took the
cross of the crusade and, with his army, set out for Egypt to defeat
the Saracens, the most energetic enemies of the Holy Land.
the Saracens charged to victory and imprisoned Louis, whose saintly
conduct while in prison shamed his captors. Released, and after
another miserable failure in Palestine, he returned to France broken
in health but still fired with the desire to liberate the Holy Land.
so again, St. Louis led his men out from France, this time on the