Political Thought in Fourteenth-Century England: Treatises by Walter of Milemete, William of Pagula, and William of Ockham

Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (ASMAR), Vol. 9

Political Thought in Fourteenth-Century England: Treatises by Walter of Milemete, William of Pagula, and William of Ockham

Edited by Cary J. Nederman (Texas A&M University )
2002 | 209 pp. | 978-0-86698-292-4 | Cloth 6 x 9 in
MRTS 250 | $30 | €35

The fourteenth century was an explosive period in English history that produced international intrigue and a number of important treatises on political thought. This volume offers for the first time in English translation several imporant commentaries on the political scene in early fourteenth-century England: Walter de Milemete's On the Nobility, Wisdom, and Prudence of the King (1327), the two versions of William of Pagula's Mirror of King Edward III (1331 and 1332), and William of Ockham's Whether a Prince Can Receive the Goods of the Church for His Own Needs, namely, in Case of War, Even Against the Wishes of the Pope (1338). All of the treatises offer important insight into such matters as the extent of the king's power in the fourteenth century and earlier, the relationship between church and state, and the particular duties of the ruler toward various of his subjects.