Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Francis Oakley, The Mortgage of the Past: Reshaping the Ancient Political Inheritance (1050-1300)

Oakley, Francis (Fellow, 1990-91)

New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Francis Oakley continues his magisterial three-part history of the emergence of Western political thought during the Middle Ages with this second volume in the series. Here, Oakley explores kingship from the tenth century to the beginning of the fourteenth, showing how, under the stresses of religious and cultural development, kingship became an increasingly secular institution.


Subjects: History; Political Science;; Kingship; Monarchy; Middle Ages; Political Philosophy;