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Judith N. Shklar, Samantha Ashenden, and Andreas Hess

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300214994

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300214994.001.0001

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Honor and Richard II

Honor and Richard II

Chapter:
(p.82) Lecture 7: Honor and Richard II
Source:
On Political Obligation
Author(s):

Judith N. Shklar

, Samantha Ashenden, Andreas Hess
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300214994.003.0008

This chapter is a continuation of the argument about divided loyalties begun in the previous chapter. Using Shakespeare’s Richard II, Shklar discusses the problem of conflicting roles and loyalties and links it to the concept of the political-theological concept and doctrine of the king’s “two bodies.” She locates Richard II as embodying a key moment in the transformation of the idea of divine kingship.

Keywords:   honor, king’s “two bodies”, Richard II (Shakespeare), conflicting obligations, Elizabethan England

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