Marsilius of Padua: The Defender of the Peace by Marsilius of Padua, Annabel Brett

By Marsilius of Padua, Annabel Brett

In his The Defender of the Peace, Marsilius of Padua deals an in depth research and clarification of human political groups, earlier than happening to assault what he sees because the stumbling blocks to peaceable human coexistence - largely the modern papacy. Annabel Brett's authoritative rendition of the Defensor Pacis is the 1st new translation in English for 50 years. geared toward the coed reader encountering this vintage of medieval notion for the 1st time, this new version is a scholarly and a pedagogic occasion of significant value to historians, political theorists, theologians and philosophers in any respect degrees from second-year undergraduate upwards.

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The New Cambridge Medieval History, Vols. V (ed. D. Abulafia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999) and VI (ed. M. Jones, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), together provide an up-to-date survey, with further bibliography, of the political events and institutions forming the context to the Defensor pacis. xxxvi Principal events in Marsilius’s life ca. ) 1340–1 1343 Dudum volentes and Licet iuxta doctrinam (23rd October), condemning Ludwig and the Defensor pacis respectively as heretical Ludwig crowned emperor in Rome (17th January); Marsilius seemingly his vicar in spirituals; Ludwig withdraws from Rome (4th August) Ludwig withdraws to Germany (December) Marsilius composes chapters 1–12 of Defensor minor Marsilius writes De matrimonio and De forma dispensationis super affinitatem consanguinitatis (Defensor minor, chapters 13–16) Marsilius’s death reported in collatio of pope Clement VI (10th April) xxxviii Notes on the translation The translation is of the text as edited by C.

Piaia, ‘«Averroisme politique». Anatomie d’un mythe historiographique’, in A. Zimmermann and I. , Orientalische Kultur und europa¨isches Mittelalter (Miscellanea mediaevalia 17, Berlin-New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1985), 288–300. For medieval academic commentary on the Politics, the key work is C. , AmsterdamPhiladelphia: B. R. Gru¨ner, 1992). On the poverty controversy of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, J. Coleman, ‘Property and poverty’, in J. 350 – c. 1450 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 607–48, provides a good overview; more detailed studies are V.

Di Vona, I princı`pi del Defensor pacis (Naples: Morano Editore, 1974), should also be mentioned. Numbers 5 and 6 (1979 and 1980) of the journal Medioevo are devoted to Marsilius and contain many helpful and stimulating articles in several European languages on all aspects of his work. Marsilius’s minor works, the Defensor minor and De translatione imperii, have been translated into English in C. J. , Marsiglio of Padua: Defensor minor and De translatione imperii (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).

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