"The Watershed of Modern Politics" by Francis Oakley

The Watershed of Modern Politics Law, Virtue, Kingship, and Consent (1300–1650) Francis Oakley

The Emergence of Western Political Thought in the Latin Middle Ages
Publication date:
14 Aug 2015
Yale University Press
440 pages: 235 x 156 x 35mm
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The concluding volume of Francis Oakley's authoritative trilogy moves on to engage the political thinkers of the later Middle Ages, Renaissance, Age of Reformation and religious wars, and the era that produced the Divine Right Theory of Kingship. Oakley's ground-breaking study probes the continuities and discontinuities between medieval and early modern modes of political thinking and dwells at length on the roots and nature of those contract theories that sought to legitimate political authority by grounding it in the consent of the governed.

Francis Oakley is the Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas, Emeritus, at Williams College. He is also President Emeritus of the College and of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Won the 2016 Haskins Medal from the Medieval Academy of America.