The Mortgage of the Past; Reshaping the Ancient Political Inheritance (1050-1300)

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-24
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Francis Oakley continues his magisterial three-part history of the emergence of Western political thought during the Middle Ages with this second volume in the series. Here, Oakley explores kingship from the tenth century to the beginning of the fourteenth, showing how, under the stresses of religious and cultural development, kingship became an inceasingly secular institution. "A masterpiece and the central part of a trilogy that will be a true masterwork."Jeffrey Burton Russell, University of California, Santa Barbara

Author Biography

Francis Oakley is President Emeritus and Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas at Williams College.

Table of Contents

General Introductionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Prologue: Kingship and Its Changing Profile in the Central Middle Agesp. 1
Historical Orientation: The Flowering of Medieval Europep. 6
The Christian Commonwealth (i): Regnum vs. Sacerdotium-the Struggle for Controlp. 15
Recuperating the Past (i): Nature and Chronology of the Processp. 42
Recuperating the Past (ii): The Encounter with. Christian and Roman Anticruityp. 6 6
Recuperating the Past (iii): Fruits of the Encounter with Greek Antiquityp. 100
Proto-Constitutionalist Innovation: The Roots of Consent Theory and the Emergence of Representative Institutionsp. 138
Priestly Kings and Royal Popes: The Resilience of Regal Sacralityp. 160
The Christian Commonwealth (ii): Disintegrationp. 185
Epiloguep. 220
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 282
Indexp. 309
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