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From 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 Details

ISBN: 9780631226956
ISBN-10: 0631226958
Format: Hardback
(239mm x 167mm x 20mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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 [1974]), Omnipotence, Covenant,and Order (1984), The Conciliarist Tradition (2003), and Natural Law, Laws of Nature, Natural Rights (2005).

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