(active c. 1320-1330)

Effigy of Philip IV the Fair

ordered in 1327
Abbey Church, Saint-Denis

This is the effigy of Philip IV the Fair (1285-1314). The monument was ordered in 1327.

Philip IV the Fair (Philippe IV le Bel) was King of France 1285-1314. He was a capable but harsh ruler, who was physically striking. He exercised more power in France than any other medieval French king. He nurtured a powerful administrative centre in Paris, but his ambitions to fully exploit French royal power brought him into conflict with his two most powerful vassals, the king of England and the count of Flanders.