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    Format: 1 Online-Ressource (xl, 568 Seiten) , Illustrationen
    Edition: First Princeton classics edition
    ISBN: 9781400880782
    Series Statement: Princeton classics 87
    Content: Originally published in 1957, this classic work has guided generations of scholars through the arcane mysteries of medieval political theology. Throughout history, the notion of two bodies has permitted the post mortem continuity of monarch and monarchy, as epitomized by the statement, "The king is dead. Long live the king." In The King's Two Bodies, Ernst Kantorowicz traces the historical problem posed by the "King's two bodies"--the body natural and the body politic--back to the Middle Ages and demonstrates, by placing the concept in its proper setting of medieval thought and political theory, how the early-modern Western monarchies gradually began to develop a "political theology." The king's natural body has physical attributes, suffers, and dies, naturally, as do all humans; but the king's other body, the spiritual body, transcends the earthly and serves as a symbol of his office as majesty with the divine right to rule. The notion of the two bodies allowed for the continuity of monarchy even when the monarch died, as summed up in the formulation "The king is dead. Long live the king." Bringing together liturgical works, images, and polemical material, The King's Two Bodies explores the long Christian past behind this "political theology." It provides a subtle history of how commonwealths developed symbolic means for establishing their sovereignty and, with such means, began to establish early forms of the nation-state. Kantorowicz fled Nazi Germany in 1938, after refusing to sign a Nazi loyalty oath, and settled in the United States. While teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, he once again refused to sign an oath of allegiance, this one designed to identify Communist Party sympathizers. He resigned as a result of the controversy and moved to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he remained for the rest of his life, and where he wrote The King's Two Bodies.Featuring a new introdu
    Note: Aus dem Impressum: "preface by William Chester Jordan" , Bandzählung der Reihe von der Landingpage (De Gruyter)
    Additional Edition: Erscheint auch als Druck-Ausgabe ISBN 978-0-691-16923-1
    Language: English
    Keywords: König ; Ideengeschichte 500-1500 ; König ; Geistesgeschichte 500-1700 ; Politische Philosophie ; Mittelalter ; König ; Ideengeschichte ; Theologie ; Politik ; König ; Geschichte 1000-1600 ; Politische Theologie ; Geschichte 1000-1600 ; Politische Theologie ; Geschichte 1000-1500 ; Mittelalter ; Politische Theologie ; König ; Geschichte 1000-1500 ; Theologie ; Politik ; König ; Geschichte 1000-1600
    URL: Volltext  (URL des Erstveröffentlichers)
    Author information: Kantorowicz, Ernst 1895-1963
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