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The Cambridge History of Medieval Political Thought c.350-c.1450 (The Cambridge History of Political Thought) First Edition Edition

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"...the book successfully brings together a rich and varied synthesis of current scholarship on medieval political ideas. It furnishes a benchmark by which subsequent work on these topics will inevitably be measured." James A. Brundage, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.

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Reflecting the diversity of focus that characterized the medieval sense of the "political," this volume offers a comprehensive and authoritative account of the history of complex and varied ideas over a significant time span.

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  • Series: The Cambridge History of Political Thought
  • Hardcover: 818 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (May 27, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521243246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521243247
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,826,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Cambridge History of Medieval Political Thought, c. 350-1450 was first published in 1988 as a hardback a issued as a paperback in 1991, a second edition was released in 1995 in boards and paper. It is part of a long-standing effort by Cambridge University Press to make the best scholarship in given fields and areas available both to the general public as well as students and scholars. This 'Cambridge History' volume is, unlike its well-known predecessors "Cambridge Ancient History" a one-volume stand-alone effort.

This volume contains approximately 20 chapters. The first three cover what the authors call foundations- the first chapter on Christian doctrine by Henry Chadwick (always a pleasure to read) and the following two on Greek and Roman political theory and Roman Law respectively. These are excellent introductions to the medieval developments in these fields. The following chapters trace the emergence of the Byzantine Empire (D.M. Nichol), the slow unraveling of the Western Roman Empire and the rise of the barbarian kingdoms (R.A. Markus & others) in France and Germany particularly.
Sections III and IV of the work cover the development of the rise of Church and Papacy in the West and its conflict with the various states that came into existence as the Carolingian empire came into existence. The cultural background of the political ideas behind a unified Church and empire is covered in two of these chapters, followed by an excellent chapter by Janet Nelson on kingship and empire. I.S. Robinson contributes a very brief chapter, 'Church and papacy'. For this period he has written a much larger and longer survey, (but fascinating) published separately as The Papacy, 1073-1198: Continuity and Innovation. (Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, 1990).
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