John of Salisbury Policraticus

ISBN-10: 0521367018
ISBN-13: 9780521367011
Edition: 1990
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Description: John of Salisbury (c. 1115-1180) was the foremost political theorist of his age. He was trained in scholastic theology and philosophy at Paris, and his writings are invaluable for summarizing many of the metaphysical speculations of his time. The  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/26/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

John of Salisbury (c. 1115-1180) was the foremost political theorist of his age. He was trained in scholastic theology and philosophy at Paris, and his writings are invaluable for summarizing many of the metaphysical speculations of his time. The Policraticus is his main work, and is regarded as the first complete work of political theory to be written in the Latin Middle Ages. Cary Nederman's new edition and translation, currently the only version available in English, is primarily aimed at undergraduate students of the history of political thought and medieval history. His new translation shows how important this text is in understanding the mores, forms of conduct and beliefs of the most powerful and learned segments of twelfth century Western Europe.

John of Salisbury learned about court life as secretary first to Thibaud, and then to Thomas a Becket, both archbishops of Canterbury. He later became bishop of Chartres. His books are urbane and clearly written, providing a cultured view of the upper-class society of the twelfth century.

Acknowledgements
Editor+s introduction
Bibliography
Principal events in the life of John of Salisbury
Prologue
Book One
Book two
Book Three
Book Four
Book Five
Book Six
Book Seven
Book Eight
Notes to the text

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