John of Salisbury and the Medieval Roman Renaissance Hardback
by Irene O'Daly
Part of the Manchester Medieval Studies series
This book is a detailed but accessible treatment of the political thought of John of Salisbury, a twelfth-century author and educationalist who rose from a modest background to become Bishop of Chartres.
It shows how aspects of John's thought - such as his views on political cooperation and virtuous rulership - were inspired by the writings of Roman philosophers, notably Cicero and Seneca.
Investigating how John accessed and adapted the classics, the book argues that he developed a hybrid political philosophy by taking elements from Roman Stoic sources and combining them with insights from patristic writings.
By situating his ideas in their political and intellectual context, it offers a reassessment of John's political thought, as well as a case study in classical reception of relevance to students and scholars of political philosophy and the history of ideas. -- .
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Publication Date: 29/01/2018
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781526109491
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