Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Princely Virtues in the Middle Ages 1200-1500

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Princely Virtues in the Middle Ages 1200-1500

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Princely Virtues in the Middle Ages 1200-1500, ed. István P. Bejczy and Gary J. Nederman, Disputatio 9 )Turnhout: Brepols, 2007). xii + 316 pp. ISBN 978-z- 503-51696-7. euro60.00. The focus of this collection of essays is the play of moral virtues in the political writing of the later Middle Ages. The emphasis is political rather than ethical, and contributors treat works (mainly Latin) that define, authorize, or offer critiques of secular rule through the use of catalogues of virtues, which find their roots in classical philosophy and Christian moral theology. Themes include the relation between individual rulers and general moral precepts, the tension between secular and religious perspectives, the political deployment of moral virtues, and the balance between praise and blame of princes. After a general introduction, István P. …

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