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The king's two bodies : a study in mediaeval political theology, by Ernst H. Kantorowicz with a new introduction by Conrad Leyser

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The king's two bodies : a study in mediaeval political theology
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The king's two bodies
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a study in mediaeval political theology
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by Ernst H. Kantorowicz with a new introduction by Conrad Leyser
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Originally published in 1957, this classic work has guided generations of scholars through the arcane mysteries of medieval political theology. Throughout history, the notion of two bodies has permitted the post mortem continuity of monarch and monarchy, as epitomized by the statement, "The king is dead. Long live the king." In The King's Two Bodies, Ernst Kantorowicz traces the historical problem posed by the "King's two bodies"--the body natural and the body politic--back to the Middle Ages and demonstrates, by placing the concept in its proper setting of medieval thought and political theory, how the early-modern Western monarchies gradually began to develop a "political theology." The king's natural body has physical attributes, suffers, and dies, naturally, as do all humans; but the king's other body, the spiritual body, transcends the earthly and serves as a symbol of his office as majesty with the divine right to rule. The notion of the two bodies allowed for the continuity of monarchy even when the monarch died, as summed up in the formulation "The king is dead. Long live the king." Bringing together liturgical works, images, and polemical material, The King's Two Bodies explores the long Christian past behind this "political theology." It provides a subtle history of how commonwealths developed symbolic means for establishing their sovereignty and, with such means, began to establish early forms of the nation-state. Kantorowicz fled Nazi Germany in 1938, after refusing to sign a Nazi loyalty oath, and settled in the United States. While teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, he once again refused to sign an oath of allegiance, this one designed to identify Communist Party sympathizers. He was dismissed as a result of the controversy and moved to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he remained for the rest of his life, and where he wrote The King's Two Bodies. Featuring a new introduction, The King’s Two Bodies is a subtle history of how commonwealths developed symbolic means for establishing their sovereignty and, with such means, began to establish early forms of the nation-state.
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1895-1963
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Kantorowicz, Ernst Hartwig
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  • Kings and rulers, Medieval
  • Great Britain
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The king's two bodies : a study in mediaeval political theology, by Ernst H. Kantorowicz with a new introduction by Conrad Leyser
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 515-530) and index
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Introduction to the Princeton Classics Edition ix. Preface (1997) by William Chester Jordan xxv. Preface xxxiii. Introduction 3. I. The Problem: Plowden's Reports 7. II. The Shakespeare: King Richard II 24. III. Christ-centered Kingship 42 1. The Norman Anonymous 42. 2. The Frontispiece of the Aachen Gospels 61. 3. The Halo of Perpetuity 78. IV. Law-centered Kingship 87. 1. From Litury to Legal Science 87. 2. Frederick the Second 97. Pater et Filius Iustitiae 97. Iustitia Meciatrix 107. 3. Bracton 143. Rex infra et supra Legem 143. Christus-Fiscus 164 V. Polity-Centered Kingship: Corpus Mysticum 193. 1. Corpus Ecclesiae mysticum 194. 2. Corpus Reipublicae mysticum 207. 3. Pro patria mori 232. Patria religious and legal 232. Patriotic Propaganda 249. Rex et Patria 259. VI. On Continuity and Corporations 273. 1. Continuity 273. Aevum 275. Perpetua Necessitas 284. 2. Fictio Figura Veritatis 291. Imperium semper est 291. Universitas non moritur 302. VII. The King Never Dies 314. 1. Dynastic Continuity 317. 2. The Crown as Fiction 336. Corona visibilis et invisibilis 336. The Fiscal Crown 342. nalienability 347. Crown and Universitas 358. The King and the Crown 364. The Crown a Minor 372. 3. Dignitas non moritur 383. Phoenix 385. Corporational Symptoms in England 401 Le Roy est mort . . . 409. Effigies 419. Rex Instrumentum Dignitatis 437. VII. Man-centered Kingship: Dante 451. IX. Epilogus 396. List of Illustrations 507. Illustrations following 512. Bibliography and Index 513. Addenda 568
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ocn919479429
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23 cm
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xl, 568 pages,
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9780691169231
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(OCoLC)919479429
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The king's two bodies : a study in mediaeval political theology, by Ernst H. Kantorowicz with a new introduction by Conrad Leyser
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 515-530) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction to the Princeton Classics Edition ix. Preface (1997) by William Chester Jordan xxv. Preface xxxiii. Introduction 3. I. The Problem: Plowden's Reports 7. II. The Shakespeare: King Richard II 24. III. Christ-centered Kingship 42 1. The Norman Anonymous 42. 2. The Frontispiece of the Aachen Gospels 61. 3. The Halo of Perpetuity 78. IV. Law-centered Kingship 87. 1. From Litury to Legal Science 87. 2. Frederick the Second 97. Pater et Filius Iustitiae 97. Iustitia Meciatrix 107. 3. Bracton 143. Rex infra et supra Legem 143. Christus-Fiscus 164 V. Polity-Centered Kingship: Corpus Mysticum 193. 1. Corpus Ecclesiae mysticum 194. 2. Corpus Reipublicae mysticum 207. 3. Pro patria mori 232. Patria religious and legal 232. Patriotic Propaganda 249. Rex et Patria 259. VI. On Continuity and Corporations 273. 1. Continuity 273. Aevum 275. Perpetua Necessitas 284. 2. Fictio Figura Veritatis 291. Imperium semper est 291. Universitas non moritur 302. VII. The King Never Dies 314. 1. Dynastic Continuity 317. 2. The Crown as Fiction 336. Corona visibilis et invisibilis 336. The Fiscal Crown 342. nalienability 347. Crown and Universitas 358. The King and the Crown 364. The Crown a Minor 372. 3. Dignitas non moritur 383. Phoenix 385. Corporational Symptoms in England 401 Le Roy est mort . . . 409. Effigies 419. Rex Instrumentum Dignitatis 437. VII. Man-centered Kingship: Dante 451. IX. Epilogus 396. List of Illustrations 507. Illustrations following 512. Bibliography and Index 513. Addenda 568
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ocn919479429
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xl, 568 pages,
Isbn
9780691169231
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)919479429

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