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Marsilius of Padua and 'the Truth of History'

George Garnett


Marsilius of Padua is conventionally considered to be ahead of his time as the first secular political theorist, the first post-classical thinker to espouse republicanism, and a scholastic precursor of the civic humanists of the renaissance. This book attempts to overturn this view, by advancing the first historical interpretation of Marsilius's thought. It examines the neglected evidence for Marsilius's life, and for contemporary responses to his best-known work, Defensor Pacis. Particular attention is given to the second discourse of the Defensor, which tends to receive short shrift in moder ... More

Keywords: Marsilius of Padua, Defensor Pacis, Ludwig IV, Roman Empire, Constantine, civic humanists, renaissance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Garnett, author
Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, St Hugh's College, Oxford
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