The Politics of Enchantment
By (author) Francis Oakley
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Kingship by Francis Oakley
Book DescriptionFrom despots to powerless figureheads, and from the Neolithic era to the present, this book traces the history of kingship around the world and the tenacity of its connection with the sacred. The book considers the many forms that kingship took during this period, including: the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt; the emperors of Japan; the Maya rulers of Mesoamerica; the medieval popes and emperors; and the English and French monarchs of early modern Europe. It explores the panoply of governing roles that kingship involved - administrative, military, judicial, economic, religious and symbolic - but focusing on its connection with the sacred. It also draws on the insights of cultural anthropology and comparative religion, as well as on the resources provided by historians.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780631226956
(239mm x 167mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Francis Oakley
Watershed of Modern Politics, Hardback (October 2015)
Focuses on the era of the divine right of kings, the last period when kingship was a vital political institution. Identifies the assassinations of Henry III and Henry IV of France as the start of serious challenges to royal sovereignty, with the execution of Charles I of England representing the decisiive repudiation of sacral kingship.
Mortgage of the Past, Hardback (May 2012)
Part of the magisterial three-part history of the emergence of Western political thought during the Middle Ages, this second volume in the series explores kingship from the tenth century to the beginning of the fourteenth, showing how, under the stresses of religious and cultural development, kingship became an increasingly secular institution.
Empty Bottles of Gentilism, Hardback (April 2010)» View all books by Francis Oakley
Part of a trilogy on the emergence of western political thought, this title explores the roots of secular political thinking by examining the political ideology and institutions of Hellenistic and late Roman antiquity and of the early European middle ages.
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Author Biography - Francis Oakley
Francis Oakley is the Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas and President Emeritus of Williams College, Massachusetts. He is also President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, New York. In 1999 he was Isaiah Berlin Visiting Professor of the History of Ideas at Oxford University. He is the author of The Medieval Experience (1988 ), Omnipotence, Covenant,and Order (1984), The Conciliarist Tradition (2003), and Natural Law, Laws of Nature, Natural Rights (2005).
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