Empty Bottles of Gentilism [Hardback]

Francis Oakley (Author)

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ISBN: 9780300155389 | Published by: Yale University Press | Year of Publication: 2010 | Language: English 306p,




Empty Bottles of Gentilism

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This, the first of a trilogy which will examine the part played by the Middle Ages in the development of modern political thought, examines the Classical inheritance and early medieval theories of kingship and regal sacrality. Oakley argues that notions of divine kingship were deeply embedded in Hellenistic and Roman thought, and that this, rather than the more secular attitudes of Classical Athens, was the main legacy of the Classical era. The creation of a Christian Empire accomodated rather than challenged notions of divine kinship, and these remained remarkably resilient throughout the early Middle Ages.

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