Marsilius of Padua and the Truth of History

Hardcover | July 11, 2006

byGeorge Garnett

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Marsilius of Padua is conventionally seen as a thinker ahead of his time: the first secular political theorist, and the first post-classical thinker to espouse republicanism. He is presented as a scholastic precursor of the republican humanists of the Renaissance.Starting with an examination of the neglected evidence for Marsilius's life, and the contemporary response to his best-known work, the Defensor Pacis, this new study argues that such an interpretation is quite wrong. It shows that Marsilius was not a republican, but an imperialist; and that far frombeing a secular political theorist, his great work Defensor Pacis is underpinned by a profound Christian understanding of history as a providentially ordained process.

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Marsilius of Padua is conventionally seen as a thinker ahead of his time: the first secular political theorist, and the first post-classical thinker to espouse republicanism. He is presented as a scholastic precursor of the republican humanists of the Renaissance.Starting with an examination of the neglected evidence for Marsilius's li...

George Garnett is at Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, St Hugh's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.72 inPublished:July 11, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019929156X

ISBN - 13:9780199291564

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1. Introduction2. Providential History from the Fall of Man to the Conversion of Constantitne3. Providential History from the Reign of Constantine4. Christian Providential History5. The History of the Holy Roman Empire6. Canon Law and the Conflict between Emperor and Pope7. The Historian's Use of his Canon Law SourcesBibliographyIndex

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