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Royal f. 424v Louis IX
Louis IX
Description: Detail of a miniature of Louis IX curing scrofula. The only example of this image in a copy of the Grandes Chroniques, and the first representation of the scene. According to tradition after the king's unction with holy oil he will have the ability to cure scrofula, known as the 'king's evil'. The text emphasizes Louis's devotion in that he introduces the sign of the cross into the ritual: King Louis had the custom that while saying the words he always made the sign of the cross which by the virtue of Our Lord cures the sick more than the royal dignity.' (translation in Hedemann 1991 p. 70.) 
Origin: France, Central (Paris) 


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