The bibliography listed below offers starting points for readers who wish to delve more deeply into the world of Rigord and Philip Augustus. English-language books are given priority, though some essential French-language titles are listed as well. Further references to additional French and German works and more specialized studies can be found in the footnotes to the introduction and translation.
The best recent introduction and overview is Elizabeth M. Hallam and Charles West, Capetian France, 987–1328, 3rd ed. (New York: Routledge, 2020). On the historiography of the Capetian period beginning with Philip II’s reign, see Sean L. Field and M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, “Questioning the Capetians, 1180–1328,” History Compass 12 (2014): 567–85. In French, the most up-to-date surveys are Dominique Barthélemy, Nouvelle histoire des Capétiens, 987–1214 (Paris: Seuil, 2012) and Jean-Christophe Cassard, L’âge d’or capétien, 1180–1328 (Paris: Belin, 2011). To situate France in the wider European landscape, see William Chester Jordan, Europe in the High Middle Ages (New York: Penguin, 2001).
The Reign of Philip II
John Baldwin’s magisterial The Government of Philip Augustus: Foundations of French Royal Power in the Middle Ages (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986) remains unmatched, with Jim Bradbury, Philip Augustus: King of France, 1180–1223 (London: Longman, 1998) providing a more traditional biography of the king. In French, Bruno Galland, Philippe Auguste: Le bâtisseur du royaume (Paris: Belin, 2014) and Jean Flori, Philippe Auguste: La naissance de l’État monarchique (Paris: Tallandier, 2007) offer concise narratives, while the formative essays in Robert-Henri Bautier, ed., La France de Philippe Auguste: Le temps des mutations (Paris: Éditions du CNRS, 1982) are updated in Martin Aurell and Yves Sassier, eds., Autour de Philippe Auguste (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2017).
On the aristocracy in this period the works of Theodore Evergates are crucial, including Henry the Liberal, Count of Champagne, 1127–1181 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) and Marie of France, Countess of Champagne, 1145–1198 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), and the essays (by multiple authors) in his edited volume Aristocratic Women in Medieval France (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999). Also essential are John W. Baldwin, Aristocratic Life in Medieval France: The Romances of Jean Renart and Gerbert de Montreuil, 1190–1230 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) and Baldwin’s posthumously published Knights, Lords, and Ladies: In Search of Aristocrats in the Paris Region, 1180–1220 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). See also Amy Livingstone, Out of Love for My Kin: Aristocratic Family Life in the Lands of the Loire, 1000–1200 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010), and Constance Brittain Bouchard, Strong of Body, Brave and Noble: Chivalry and Society in Medieval France (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998).
For queens in this era, see the essays in Kathleen Nolan, ed., Capetian Women (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); Bonnie Wheeler and John Carmi Parsons, eds., Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady (New York: Palgrave, 2003); Lindy Grant, Blanche of Castile: Queen of France (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016); and Maria Carriere, “Adele of Champagne: Politics, Government, and Patronage in Capetian France, 1180–1206” (master’s thesis, University of Vermont, 2021).
The English Monarchs
For the wider cross-channel perspective, see Martin Aurell, The Plantagenet Empire, 1154–1224, trans. David Crouch (London: Longman, 2007). For the English monarchy broadly, see M. T. Clanchy, England and Its Rulers, 1066–1307, 4th ed. (Malden, MA: Wiley, 2014). Reliable studies of individual English kings include Wilfred L. Warren, Henry II (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973); Matthew Strickland, Henry the Young King, 1155–1183 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016); John Gillingham, Richard I (London: Longman, 1999); and Ralph V. Turner, King John (London: Longman, 1994).
Rigord and Saint-Denis
In English the starting point remains Gabrielle Spiegel, The Chronicle Tradition of Saint-Denis: A Survey (Brookline, MA: Classical Folia Editions, 1978). See also her classic essay on the abbey’s relationship to the monarchy in “The Cult of Saint Denis and Capetian Kingship,” Journal of Medieval History 1 (1975): 43–69. For Rigord’s career the most up-to-date treatment (in French) is the introduction to Histoire de Philippe Auguste, ed. and trans. Élisabeth Carpentier, Georges Pon, and Yves Chauvin (Paris: CNRS Éditions, 2006). On the abbey of Saint-Denis a good introduction in English is Sumner McKnight Crosby, The Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis: From Its Beginnings to the Death of Suger, 475–1151 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987). In French, see Elizabeth A.R. Brown, Saint-Denis: La Basilique (Paris: Zodiaque, 2001). Most of the English-language scholarship on the abbey has centered on the age of Suger. Still valuable are the essays collected in Paula Lieber Gerson, ed., Abbot Suger and Saint-Denis: A Symposium (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986). For its place in the thirteenth-century history of the monarchy, see William Chester Jordan, A Tale of Two Monasteries: Westminster and Saint-Denis in the Thirteenth Century (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009).
The Development of Paris
John W. Baldwin, Paris, 1200 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010) is a brilliant summation. More recently (and more technical) in French, see Denis Hayot, Paris en 1200: Histoire et archéologie d’une capitale fortifiée par Philippe Auguste (Paris: CNRS Éditions, 2018). Even those who do not read French can benefit from Philippe Lorentz and Dany Sandron, Atlas de Paris au Moyen Âge: Espace urbain, habitat, société, religion, lieux de pouvoir (Paris: Parigramme, 2006). On the cathedral of Notre-Dame, see the early chapters of Dany Sandron and Andrew Tallon, Notre Dame Cathedral: Nine Centuries of History, trans. Lindsay Cook and Andrew Tallon (University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2020).
The Jews in Capetian France
In English the essential work is William Chester Jordan, The French Monarchy and the Jews: From Philip Augustus to the Last Capetians (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989). More broadly, a classic study is Robert Chazan, Medieval Jewry in Northern France: A Political and Social History (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974), with a wider reassessment in Chazan, Reassessing Jewish Life in Medieval Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). Recent works on the rising anti-Judaism of the period include E. M. Rose, The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) and Juliette Sibon, Chasser les juifs pour régner (Paris: Perron, 2016).
Good recent surveys of the crusade movement in English include Thomas F. Madden, A Concise History of the Crusades, 3rd ed. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and Christopher Tyerman, God’s War: A New History of the Crusades (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006). For the Capetians and the Crusades in this period, see James Naus, Constructing Kingship: The Capetian Monarchs of France and the Early Crusades (Manchester: Manchester Uiversity Press, 2016).
On the Third Crusade the classic survey is Sidney Painter, “The Third Crusade: Richard the Lionheart and Philip Augustus,” in A History of the Crusades, ed. Kenneth Setton (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1962) 2:45–86; important recent perspectives in English include John D. Hosler, The Siege of Acre, 1189–1191: Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and the Battle That Decided the Third Crusade (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018); Jonathan Phillips, The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019); and Jay Rubenstein, Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream: The Crusades, Apocalyptic Prophecy, and the End of History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).
On the Fourth Crusade, see Donald E. Queller and Thomas F. Madden, The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople, 2nd ed. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997); and Michael Angold, The Fourth Crusade: Event and Context (New York: Longman, 2003).