Category Archives: 14th Century

Marsilius of Padua (II): On “Tranquillity”

In the previous post we saw that Marsilius of Padua identified himself as interested in the cause of peace, or tranquillity, in the Christian commonwealth. Following Aristotle,:”(Politics I.ii; V.iii)”: Marsilius uses a biological analogy to define “tranquillity”: For just as … Continue reading

Posted in 13th Century, 14th Century | Comments Off

Marsilius of Padua (I): “This Singular Cause of Strife”

It can be rightly said that to understand the development of resistance to the excessive form of papal claims that characterized the later Middle Ages one needs first to have a basic familiarity with Aristotle’s Politics. Everyone, regardless of whether … Continue reading

Posted in 13th Century, 14th Century | Comments Off

John of Paris (ca. 1241-1306)

This entry has been relocated here.

Posted in 13th Century, 14th Century, Biographical Sketches | Comments Off

Marsilius of Padua Not a Conciliarist (?)

Roman Catholic controversialists of the kind who are immoderately attached to a monistic understanding of papal authority have long maintained that the conciliarism of the 15th century had some of its most significant roots in the radical “secularist” politics of … Continue reading

Posted in 14th Century, 15th Century, 16th Century, Conciliar Theory & Practice | Comments Off

Giles of Rome (ca. 1247-1316)

Aegidius Romanus, more commonly known as Giles of Rome, was one of the most influential of high papalist theologians in the latter half of the thirteenth century and early part of the fourteenth.[1] Born in or around the year of … Continue reading

Posted in 13th Century, 14th Century, Biographical Sketches | Comments Off

Nimrod

Canto XXXI of Dante’s Inferno describes the passage to the last circle of Hell, the Ninth Circle. Here Dante encounters four giants: Nimrod, Ephialtes, Briareus, and Antaeus. This is yet another interesting mixture of biblical and classical allusions in Dante … Continue reading

Posted in 13th Century, 14th Century, Dante, Literature | Comments Off

Dante’s Statue

Canto XIV of the Inferno features a figure which should be familiar to all Bible readers: that of a giant statue whose parts are composed of various grades of material that decrease in quality as one goes down the statue: … Continue reading

Posted in 13th Century, 14th Century, Dante, Literature | Comments Off

“An Eschatology To Which History Itself Is Subservient”

Dante engages in complex juxtapositions of mythological and historical figures in one and the same afterlife – Hector and Aeneas are side by side with Cicero and Seneca, St. Paul is next to Aeneas, Francesca da Rimini is next to … Continue reading

Posted in 13th Century, 14th Century, Dante, Literature | Comments Off

Crime and Punishment

Yet another Dante context and connection which I would have missed if left to my own poetry-obtuse devices: In Canto XXVIII of the Inferno we read of sowers of dissension and splits who are themselves repeatedly split in Hell. The … Continue reading

Posted in 13th Century, 14th Century, Dante, Literature | Comments Off

Archives of the World’s Evils

A noteworthy summary of Dante’s Inferno by Lino Pertile : The exploration mapped in the Inferno is a voyage through the immense historical archives of the world’s evils, ordered according to type and severity in the subsoil of the dark … Continue reading

Posted in 13th Century, 14th Century, Dante, Literature | Comments Off