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The Monarchia Controversy an Historical Study with Accompanying Translations of Dante Alighieris Monarchia, Guido Vernanis Refutation of the Monarchia Composed Dante, and Pope John XXIIs Bull Si Fratrum by Anthony K. Cassell

The Monarchia Controversy an Historical Study with Accompanying Translations of Dante Alighieris Monarchia, Guido Vernanis Refutation of the Monarchia Composed

Dante, and Pope John XXIIs Bull Si Fratrum by Anthony K. Cassell

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ISBN : 9780813213385
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418 pages
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The Monarchia Controversy provides both the background to the imperial and ecclesiastical machinations that drove Dante Alighieri to begin penning the Monarchia in 1318 and also the subsequent history of the efforts by papal authorities to ban theMoreThe Monarchia Controversy provides both the background to the imperial and ecclesiastical machinations that drove Dante Alighieri to begin penning the Monarchia in 1318 and also the subsequent history of the efforts by papal authorities to ban the book after the writers death. Dantes political treatise on the Empire and the Papacy was listed by the Church in the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1564, and it was removed only in 1881. Anthony Cassells account of the Monarchias genesis is both compelling and provoking, especially in the descriptions of the intransigence of Dantes proponents and antagonists. While earlier scholars have viewed Dantes treatise as peacefully divorced from its times, Cassell shows that Dantes pose of calm authority above the fray was at once traditional, forensic, courageous, and hard-won. Cassell examines in close detail Dantes relations to his patron Can Grande della Scala, Pope John XXIIs attempts to strip Can Grande of his privileges, the pertinent traditions of canon law, the culture of contemporary political and ecclesiastical publicists, the work of formal logicians, and the motives of Dantes first post-mortem opponent, Friar Guido Vernani. The author traces the treatises reception through and beyond the first censorship and public burning that it suffered in Bologna from Cardinal Bertrand du Poujet in 1328, and the failure of Bertrands threat to incinerate the writer too should his mortal remains be discovered. To document the history, Cassell presents a fresh, annotated translation of the Monarchia, together with the first English versions of Guido Vernanis refutation of Dantes Monarchia (1329), and Pope John XXIIs bull Si fratrum of 1316-17, which sparked the crisis. Cassells volume will interest not only the general reader but scholars in many fields, such as medieval philosophy, history and theology, canon law, ecclesiastical history (especially Ockham and Marsilius of Padua studies), medieval Latin, Italian and Comparative Literature.