Abbot Suger (1081 – 1151) is referred to as the father of Gothic architecture and design. Suger came from a humble knightly family and grew into one of the most influential church and statesman during the Middle Ages in France. In 1091 at the young age of 10, Suger was sent to the abbey of St.Denis to begin his education in religion.
It is said that there, he befriended the future king Louis VI of France. By 1106 Suger became the secretary to the head of the monastery of Saint-Denis, and eventually over his career Suger became the head of the monastery of St.-Denis.