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Rebel Barons: Resisting Royal Power in Medieval Culture

Luke Sunderland


Ambivalence towards kings, and other sovereign powers, is deep-seated in medieval culture: sovereigns might provide justice, but were always potential tyrants, who usurped power and ‘stole’ through taxation. Rebel Barons writes the history of this ambivalence, which was especially acute in England, France, and Italy in the twelfth to fifteenth centuries, when the modern ideology of sovereignty, arguing for monopolies on justice and the legitimate use of violence, was developed. Sovereign powers asserted themselves militarily and economically provoking complex phenomena of resistance by aristoc ... More

Keywords: Epic poems, Charlemagne, chronicles, political theory, sovereignty, rebellion, resistance, feud, crusade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198788485
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luke Sunderland, author
Senior Lecturer, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University

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