The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1094 Thursday, 5 November 1998.
Date: Thursday, 05 Nov 1998 13:44:05 -0500
Subject: 9.1067 St. George and St. Denis
Comment: Re: SHK 9.1067 St. George and St. Denis
There are several reasons why Henry V should refer to Saint Denis rather
than Joan of Arc.
For one, she definitely lived after Henry V, since she is an important
character in Henry VI...
For two, the cult of Joan of Arc was mostly developed in the 19th and
early 20th century in France, and she never became France's Patron Saint
because that is roughly when France shed its official tie to the
Catholic church... Finally, Saint Denis is of course France's Patron
Saint: the king's motto was "Montjoie Saint Denis". all the kings of
France are buried at the Basilique Saint Denis which was founded by the
famous King Dagobert in the 7th century and built over the tomb of St.
Denis. The famous stained-glass windows date back to the 12th century,
when the basilica was built by Abbott Suger.
All the best