The concluding chapter looks at republican regimes, noting that the prerogatives associated with plenitude of power were taken for granted by the government of Florence and other regimes based on popular sovereignty. It is noted that absolute power was discredited in Italy just at the time when it was coming into vogue in France. But the author shows that thinkers such as Guillaume Budé and Jean Bodin accepted the teachings of Alciato and others that the king had an obligation not to infringe the fundamental rights of subjects. The early seventeenth‐century lawyer Ludovico Rodolfini summed up earlier opinion, coming down firmly on the side of the rule of law.
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