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The Watershed of Modern Politics: Law, Virtue, Kingship, and Consent (1300-1650)

Francis Oakley


This is the third volume in a trilogy which engages in the political thinkers of the later Middle Ages, Renaissance, Age of Reformation, and religious wars, and the era that produced the Divine Right Theory of Kingship. This study probes the continuities and discontinuities between medieval and early modern modes of political thinking and dwells at length on the roots and nature of those contract theories that sought to legitimate political authority by grounding it in the consent of the governed.

Keywords: later Middle Ages, Renaissance, Age of Reformation, religious wars, Divine Right Theory of Kingship, political thinking, contract theories, political authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300194432
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300194432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francis Oakley, author
Williams College