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Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought: Conciliarism and Papalism (Hardback)
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Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought: Conciliarism and Papalism (Hardback)

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Hardback 354 Pages / Published: 28/11/1997
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Almost on the eve of the sixteenth-century Reformation, the long-running debate over the respective authority of popes and councils in the Catholic Church was vigorously resumed. In this collection the editors bring together the first English translation of four major contributions to that debate. In these texts, complex arguments derived from Scripture, theology, and canon law are deployed. The issues that emerge, however, prove to have a broader significance. What is foreshadowed here is the confrontation between 'absolutism' and 'constitutionalism' which was to be a dominant theme in the politics of early-modern Europe and beyond. Even on the threshold of the twenty-first century the concerns that underlie and animate the scholastic disputations in these pages retain their force. This 1997 volume includes introductory material which elucidates the context of the debate, as well as a comprehensive bibliography.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521470896
Number of pages: 354
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Conciliarism had been one of the most important topics of debate in the church for a century, only to be overtaken by the Reformation controversies. These texts show just how sophisticated and lively the debate still was on the eve of the Reformation.' History
"The collection is very helpful.... This collection should find a home on the shelves of historians, theologians, political scientists, and their graduate students interested in late medieval ecclesiology, particularly since this battle was joined just as the issues of ecclesiastical polity and authority were about to be re-evaluated in Luther's challenge and Rome's response." Christopher M. Bellitto, The Catholic Historical Review
"The collection is very helpful because the juxtaposition of opposing viewpoints highlights their differences. This collection should find a home on the shelves of historians, tehologians, political scientists, and their graduate studetns interested in late medieval ecclesiology...." Christopher M. Bellitto, Catholic Historical Review
"The publication of this excellent English translations of their tracts and of Cajetan's polemics against them, along with a good introduction by anoted expert in the field, is then cause for celebration." Francis Oakley, Church History
"Valuable for those interested in late medieval and early modern church history and political thought." Brad S. Gregory, Religious Studies Review

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