In the interest of ending on a positive not, let me get the ugliest stuff out of the way first. Being a good French king in the thirteenth century, Louis needed to lead a crusade. The Albigensian Crusade ended when he was only fifteen, so his best bet was to fight for the homeland rather than reignite civil war. In the face of funding problems, he launched a campaign to seize the property (including the accounts receivable) of Jewish moneylenders. Louis' people might have lost their collective appetite for persecuting the heretics, but another anti-Semitic campaign went down pretty easily. In fact, he ordered that 12,000 copies of the Talmud be burned, even though it didn't put any more money in his pocket. Moreover, he permitted the Inquisition to have a wider scope in France, even though increased ecclesiastical power inevitably came at the expense of royal authority.
|Louis in Sainte-Chapelle|
|Most royal and holy finger|
Most of his relics were kept at Saint-Denis, but his head was kept at the Sainte-Chapelle. Most every bone was lost in the French Wars of Religion, excepting only one finger bone which is held either San Domenico.