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Brutus: Vindiciae, contra tyrannos
Or, Concerning the Legitimate Power of a Prince over the People, and of the People over a Prince


  • Date Published: September 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521342094

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  • The Vindiciae, contra tyrannos was the most infamous of the monarchomach treatises produced during the French wars of religion, and continued to be revered (or execrated) as a key part of the radical canon for well over a century after its publication. It is one of the first attempts to advance a systematic justification, with interlocking secular and religious arguments, of resistance against legitimately constituted political authority. This edition presents the first complete and accurate English translation of the work, a comprehensive apparatus, and an introduction which provides the first detailed analysis of the argument and also reconsiders the much-disputed question of authorship. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars working on the history of political thought and early modern Europe.

    • First complete English translation
    • Extensive notes and introduction to assist the reader
    • Increasingly recognised as one of the seminal texts in early modern political thought
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    • Date Published: September 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521342094
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    The first question
    The second question
    The third question
    The fourth question.

  • Author

    Stephanius Jurius Brutus


    George Garnett, St Hugh's College, Oxford

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