A History of Medieval Political Thought, 300-1450

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Psychology Press, 1996 - History - 255 pages
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Incorporating research previously unavailable in English, this clear guide gives a synthesis of the latest scholarship providing the historical and intellectual context for political ideas.

This accessible and lucid guide to medieval political thought

* gives a synthesis of the latest scholarship
* incorporates the results of research until now unavailable in English
* focuses on the crucial primary source material
* provides the historical and intellectual context for political ideas.

The book covers four periods, each with a different focus:

* 300-750 - Christian ideas of rulership
* 750-1050 - the Carolingian period and its aftermath
* 1050-1290 - the relationship between temporal and spiritual power, and the revived legacy of antiquity
* 1290-1450 - the confrontation with political reality in ideas of church and of state, and in juristic thought.

Canning has produced an ideal introductory text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of the period.

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About the author (1996)

Joseph Canning is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. He taught for many years at Bangor University where he was Reader in History until 2007, and from 1996 to 2001 he was Director of the British Centre for Historical Research in Germany, at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Geschichte in Gottingen. He edited Power, Violence and Mass Death in Pre-Modern and Modern Times (2004) with Hartmut Lehmann and Jay Winter and his other publications include The Political Thought of Baldus de Ubaldis (1987) and A History of Medieval Political Thought, c.300 c.1450 (1996).

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