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By Christoph Grellard, Frederique Lachaud

This ebook is the 1st collective examine of this significant determine within the highbrow and political lifetime of 12th-century Europe to seem for thirty years. in accordance with the newest learn, 13 contributions by way of top specialists within the box offer an summary of John of Salisbury’s position within the political debates that marked the reign of Henry II in England in addition to of his position within the heritage of the Church. They  Read more...

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125. Monagle, “The Trial of Ideas,” p. 126. introduction 21 knowledge of Roman law. This shows in Policraticus, which may even have been read as an accessus to Roman law. The contribution of Yves Sassier to the volume aims at identifying the place of law in John of Salisbury’s political thought: while clearly not a technician of civil law, John of Salisbury had a good knowledge of this discipline (in particular of the recent Summa Trecensis) and used the resources of law to feed his reflection on the hierarchy of norms.

Historia pontificalis, pp. 16–17. It is in particular this kind of re-evaluation that Nicholas Vincent invites to in a recent article on the policy of Henry II towards the papacy (Vincent, “Beyond Becket: King Henry II and the papacy (1154–1189)”). 67 Nevertheless, John of Salisbury’s political ideas should not be artificially separated from the philosophical theories he developed on other subjects. Considering his work as a whole is an essential step for a precise understanding of it. For instance, while it is necessary to have a more accurate idea of the way he viewed political prophecies or the political use of some prophecies (such as those of Merlin),68 this should also be understood in the wider context of Book 2 of Policraticus, which constructs a general framework for understanding the connections between the natural and the supernatural.

Jahrhundert (St. Ottilien, 1978), pp. 23–81 and of Pierre Riché, “Jean de Salisbury et le monde scolaire du xiie siècle,” in The World of John of Salisbury, pp. 39–61. 28, ed. Webb, vol. 1, p. 167, ll. 6 This quite plausible hypothesis does not exclude another possibility suggested by recent studies on the cultural role of Salisbury from the late eleventh to mid 12th century. 7 She has shown above all the interest of the canons in written culture, particularly in texts that were rare or never previously preserved in England.

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