Category Archives: Medieval Concepts

“It Is One Thing to Reign, Another To Exercise Tyranny in the Kingdom”

Ah, the glories of Medieval political thought! I love this one! Therefore even as the royal dignity and authority excels all earthly authorities, so no infamous or shameful man is appointed to administer it, but he who no less in … Continue reading

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If He Doesn’t Do Right, He Doesn’t Get to Be King (And You Don’t Have to Obey Him)

Real history, not the pop-history of apologists, is incredibly fascinating. I’ve written a number of posts on this blog and research papers as well outlining the fact that from the earliest times all the way up to the eve of … Continue reading

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Medieval Symbolism, Beauty, and Art

…For us the symbol is an image that invests physical reality with poetical meaning. For medieval man, the physical world as we understand it has no reality except as a symbol. But even the term “symbol” is misleading. For us … Continue reading

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Beauty Is An Attribute of Being

I thought this was interesting: …For the medieval mind, beauty had little to do with our contemporary understanding of a subjective judgment. While for us today beauty is often said to be in the eye of the beholder, for the … Continue reading

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The False Decretals of Pseudo-Isidore

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St. Thomas Aquinas on Tyrants and Tyranny

Building on Aristotelian political theory, particularly the Politics, Thomas Aquinas outlines his understanding of the earthly end of man and the best way for him to achieve it.:”(“On Kingship, or The Governance of Rulers,” in Paul E. Sigmund, trans. and … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Aquinas on the Mixed Constitution

One of these days I’m going to have to write a whole entry by itself on the classical doctrine of the “mixed constitution” and its role in Medieval political thought, but for now I just ran across this interesting section … Continue reading

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Fides, Diffidatio, and Tyranny

This is interesting. In my original B.A. thesis work on conciliarism (some of which is as yet unpublished), I developed the idea of multiple streams of thought about authority in Western Christendom throughout the Middle Ages. The sources I had … Continue reading

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The Decretists and Decretalists

To understand the two groups of canon lawyers known as the “Decretists” and the “Decretalists,” it is first necessary to recount a bit of the history of the papacy from the beginning of the second Christian millennium. As is covered … Continue reading

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Corporation Theory

Medieval ecclesiological discussions are permeated with monarchical ideas about the nature and structure of the Church. But in keeping with the basic theme that winds throughout the Middle Ages of a “dualistic” authority Tradition it should not be surprising that … Continue reading

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