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Medieval Sovereignty

Marsilius of Padua and Bartolous of Saxoferrato

Medieval Sovereignty examines the idea of sovereignty in the Middle Ages and asks if it can be considered a fundamental element of medieval constitutional order. Francesco Maiolo analyzes the writings of Marsilius of Padua (1275/80–1342/43) and Bartolous of Saxoferrato (1314–57) and assesses their relative contributions as early proponents of popular sovereignty. Both are credited with having provided the legal justification for medieval popular government. Maiolo’s cogent reconsideration of this primacy is an important addition to current medieval studies.

256 pages | 6 1/3 x 9 1/2 | © 2007

Medieval Studies

Philosophy: General Philosophy

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Table of Contents



Chapter One

In Search of Medieval Sovereignty

Chapter Two

Medieval Sovereignty and Methodology

Chapter Three

The Problem of Sovereignty

Chapter Four

Sovereignty and Its Foundations in Christian Doctrine

Chapter Five

Sovereignty and Jurisdiction

Chapter Six

The Fortune of Marsilius of Padua

Chapter Seven

The Theory of Sovereignty of Marsilius of Padua

Chapter Eight

The Fortune of Bartolus of Saxoferrato

Chapter Nine

The Problem of Sovereignty in Bartolus of Saxoferrato

Chapter Ten

Conclusion and Assessment



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