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Marsilius of Padua: The Defender of the Peace

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: January 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521789110

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  • In his The Defender of the Peace, Marsilius of Padua offers a detailed analysis and explanation of human political communities, before going on to attack what he sees as the obstacles to peaceful human coexistence - principally the contemporary papacy. Annabel Brett's authoritative rendition of the Defensor Pacis is the first new translation in English for fifty years. Aimed at the student reader encountering this classic of medieval thought for the first time, this new edition is a scholarly and a pedagogic event of great importance to historians, political theorists, theologians and philosophers at all levels from second-year undergraduate upwards.

    • Extensive notes and references including suggestions for further reading
    • The first new English rendition for fifty years of one of the seminal works of western thought
    • The editor, Annabel Brett, is among the leading scholars of medieval and renaissance political thought of her generation, with a significant international reputation
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    'The lucid an readable translation, along with the informative and often insightful annotations and a comprehensive bibliography, promises to produce a new generation of students who are fascinated by this remarkably idiosyncratic political text.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    'Brett's version of the Defensor sufficiently improves on Gewirth's that it promises to become the standard English translation for the foreseeable future.' Political Studies Review

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    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521789110
    • length: 638 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 38 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Principal events in Marsilius's Life
    Notes on the translation
    Notes on references
    Contents of The Defender of the Peace: Discourse I
    Discourse II
    Discourse III
    Index.

  • Author

    Marsilius of Padua

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    Annabel Brett, University of Cambridge
    The editor and translator Annabel Brett is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. Her previous publications include Liberty, Right and Nature: Individual Rights in Later Scholastic Thought (Cambridge, 1997).

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