Plenitude of Power: The Doctrines And Exercise of Authority in the Middle Ages : Essays in Memory of Robert Louis Benson (Church, Faith and Culture in ... Faith and Culture in the Medieval West)

Plenitude of Power: The Doctrines And Exercise of Authority in the Middle Ages : Essays in Memory of Robert Louis Benson (Church, Faith and Culture in ... Faith and Culture in the Medieval West)

Robert C. Figueira


'I learn power' - so Robert Louis Benson defined his paintings as a pupil of medieval background. This quantity unites papers by way of a few his scholars facing concerns critical to Benson's ancient pursuits - ecclesiastical associations and management, emperorship and papacy, canon legislation, political ideology, and historiography. The justification and workout of political strength is taken into account in chapters that examine how the hagiography of a past due Roman army saint, Maurice, used to be harnessed within the eleventh century to the dialogue of the ability exercised through either emperor and pope, and the way either pious function and political pretext lively the Hohenstaufen emperors' suppression of heresy. 3 next chapters specialize in the Church: a learn of the criminal commentaries that taught that the 'authority to bind and loose' in a particular ecclesiastical topic should be decided through the evaluations of 'the elders of the province'; a controversy that blameless Ill's management of the Roman church represented a version for the ordering of all Christian society; and an inquiry into the doctrinal formation of the 'territorial principle' within the workout of jurisdiction by way of papal legates. The overdue heart a long time presents the focal point for 2 extra reports, particularly an exploration of the problems of energy and authority within the charitable associations of Cologne within the thirteenth - 14th centuries, and the argument that the present hope for common criteria of governmental behavior within the region of simple human rights hearkens again to normal legislations concept as defined within the fifteenth century via Nicholas of Cusa. historiographical reports around out the amount: an estimation of recent examine concerning the political theology of overdue antiquity, and a mirrored image on Benson's personal contribution to historic scholarship. jointly, those papers either epitomize and extra enhance Benson's particular method of the learn of the center a while, whereas themselves making their very own very important contribution.

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