A History of Medieval Political Thought 300-1450 by Joseph Canning

By Joseph Canning

Incorporating learn formerly unavailable in English, this transparent consultant offers a synthesis of the newest scholarship offering the old and highbrow context for political principles. This available and lucid advisor to medieval political inspiration * provides a synthesis of the most recent scholarship* comprises the result of examine previously unavailable in English* makes a speciality of the the most important basic resource fabric* presents the ancient and highbrow context for political rules. The e-book covers 4 sessions, each one with a special concentration: * 300-750 - Christian rules of rulership * 750-1050 - the Carolingian interval and its aftermath* 1050-1290 - the connection among temporal and non secular strength, and the revived legacy of antiquity* 1290-1450 - the war of words with political truth in rules of church and of kingdom, and in juristic notion. Canning has produced a great introductory textual content for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of the interval.

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The pastoral function of the pope received perhaps its most influential elaboration in the pontificate of Gregory I (590– 604). He stressed the pope’s primacy within a structure of hierarchy and obedience, yet in an overall context of service to his flock. It is no accident that he adopted as the pope’s official title, ‘servant of the servants of God’ (servus servorum dei). His attitude is summed up by his claim that he had the ‘care and headship’ (cura et principatus) of the church committed to him by God.

84 Although the monarch himself was subject to the norms set forth by the episcopacy this did not result in any right of resistance or deposition on the part of the clergy. 89 The foundations of the more highly developed Carolingian conception of priest-kingship were laid in the Merovingian period. In the Visigothic kingdom, but nowhere else before the Carolingian period, the practice of the clerical anointing of kings emerged. There is dispute about its first appearance. 90 From the consecration of Wamba in 672 no unanointed king ruled in Spain.

The question of the relationship of the 33 ORIGINS OF MEDIEVAL POLITICAL IDEAS powers of the pope and those of bishops was to be a particularly thorny one in the Middle Ages: there was to be a history of tension between the bishops’ pretensions to local autonomy and the centralising tendency of the papacy. Certainly at this time, although Rome was stressing its appellate jurisdiction, local jurisdiction was understood to form part of the powers which a bishop derived from apostolic succession; it would be much later that the competing idea that bishops derived their jurisdiction from the pope would be developed.

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