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The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought$
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M. S. Kempshall

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207160.001.0001

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Remigio dei Girolami—Peace and Order

Remigio dei Girolami—Peace and Order

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The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought


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This chapter examines Remigio dei Girolami's political writings during the turbulent decade in the history of Florence. It notes that Remigio's translation of the all-embracing common good of De Bono Communi into the mutual benefit of peace of De Bono Pacis is, in many ways, a perfectly natural move to make. It reports that, as a preacher at Santa Maria Novella, Remigio was addressing a community whose ‘peace’ was the explicit pretext for both the intervention of Charles of Valois in 1301 and the mediation of Remigio's fellow Dominican, Nicholas of Prato, in 1304. It further reports however, that as a scholastic theologian, Remigio would also have been familiar with the significance of moving from a definition of the common good in terms of love and moral goodness to a definition of the good of the political community in terms of peace and material security.

Keywords:   Remigio dei Girolami, Florence, De Bono Communi, De Bono Pacis, peace, Charles of Valois, Nicholas of Prato, common good, love

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