Abbot Suger

French abbot-statesmen, historian and the influential first patron of Gothic architecture (1080-1151)

Abbot Suger (c. 1081January 13, 1151) was one of the last French abbot-statesmen. He was also a historian and the first patron of Gothic architecture.

Suger of Saint-Denis on a medieval window


Suger was part of a poor family, and in 1091, he was brought to the abbey of Saint-Denis. There he trained and eventually became secretary to the abbot of Saint-Denis in 1104.

He took a trip to Italy, and when he came back, he became the abbot of St-Denis. Until 1127, he worked at the abbey of St-Denis and worked to reform it.

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