Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Law and Sovereignty in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Law and Sovereignty in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

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Robert S. Sturges, Law and Sovereignly in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance 28 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011). xviii + 302 pp.; 13 illustrations. ISBN 978-2-503-53309-4. euro70.00. Thirteen essays surveying the relationships between law and sovereign power in medieval and early modern Europe. The first section offers theoretical perspectives: Albrecht Classen reads Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan as a critique of the unjust sovereign and H. E. Braun looks at kwless sovereignty in sixteenth-century Spain, while Torrance Kirby considers Richard Hooker's political theology. In the second part of the book, on the use of fictions, Lee Manion discusses sovereign recognition in English Arthurian romance, Sharon D. King introduces and translates a fifteenth-century French farce, The Fari, relating it to a territorial dispute, Retha Warnicke explores sovereignty and diplomacy in relation to Elizabeth I's audience with Scottish ambassadors in 1583, and Catherine Loomis considers fictional and poetic legitimization of the succession of James I. …

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