Book Series Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, vol. 10

Political Thought in Early Fourteenth-Century England

Treatises by Walter of Milemete, William of Pagula, and William of Ockham

Cary J. Nederman

  • Pages: 209 p.
  • Size:150 x 230 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2003

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-51439-0
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For the first time in English translation, this volume offers a fascinating set of commentaries on the political situation in fourteenth century England.


The early 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 important commentaries on the political scene in early fourteenth-century England: Walter de Milimete'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 the Ruler Can Accept Church Property for his Own Needs, namely, in the Case of War, even against the Wishes of the Pope (1338). All of these 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 towards various of his subjects.