TIL that King Louis IX of France, or St. Louis, was very well known for his charity and treatment of his people, often dining with beggars, eating after them, and washing their feet. He founded many hospitals including France’s national ophthalmology hospital, Quinze-Vingts.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_IX_of_France#Religious_nature

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  1. From the article:

    Louis’s mother trained him to be a great leader and a good Christian. She used to say:

    “I love you, my dear son, as much as a mother can love her child; but I would rather see you dead at my feet than that you should ever commit a mortal sin.”

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