This chapter focuses on Louis VIII the Lion's legacy in both England and France. Louis had been king of France for just three years and three months before dying, and the consequences for the realm could be serious. The first considerations for those of Louis's advisers who were present were practical: his body must be dealt with before putrefaction set in. Louis was laid to rest on November 15, 1226, his body interred next to that of Philip II Augustus at St Denis, the traditional burial place for French monarchs. This chapter first discusses Louis's burial and exhumation, along with his epitaphs and the coronation of his son Louis IX as the new king, before assessing his reign in France and his influence on English history.
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