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The Theory of the King's Two Bodies in the Age of Shakespeare

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By (author) Albert Rolls
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Sep 2006
Dimensions: w 150mm h 230mm d 19mm
Weight: 490g
ISBN-10: 0773457194
ISBN-13: 9780773457195
Barcode No: 9780773457195
This work makes available for the first time the texts from which scholars have drawn to discuss the theory of the king's two bodies. This study shows that the present-day discussions of monarchal power in the Renaissance have constructed a simplistic opposition between metaphysical, or so-called absolutist theories of kingship, and more materialistic theories of power.

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"... Most of those discussing the king's two bodies have assumed, in short, not only is it an absolutist doctrine, but also that all Renaissance writers who discussed it reiterated Plowden's position. This is true even of those who deny that Renaissance thinkers accepted its validity and of those who argue that particular thinkers called attention to contradictions within it in order to debunk absolutist ideology..."