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A Nasty French King, Jews, and a Finger

The Frenchie bad boy king, Louis IX (1214 – 1270), had a nasty habit of kicking the Jews out of France and stealing their land when he was running low on gold. Crusades are expensive! He also burned about 12,000 manuscript copies of the Talmund. For all of this he was canonized (made a saint) and had a lot of nifty cities named after him. You can visit his finger at the Basilique Saint Denis right outside of Paris. The rest of his saintly bod disappeared during the French wars of religion. Now THAT is horrific history at it's finest. Zoinks!

use google to read about the pickled heart of Louis VXII.