Jean de Joinville was born between 1224 and 1225, the second son of a nobleman of
Champagne. Many of his family had gone on crusades and he grew up in their shadow. Due to a
series of deaths, he became Lord of Joinville in his early teens. Jean probably first saw
Louis (the man who had a profound effect on his life) at Saumur in 1241, though he met him
properly on the Seventh Crusade. he wrote his Life of Saint Louis in old age, as a tribute
to a king and also a portrait of a loved friend.