A Companion to Marsilius of Padua


Few authors of the Latin Middle Ages have been the subject of so much attention as Marsilius of Padua (c. 1275-1342/43). Known primarily for his Defensor pacis, Marsilius quickly garnered for himself the reputation of being a heretic as well as a schismatic. At the same time, however, it became evident that he was perhaps one of the brightest - if not most dangerous - thinkers of the fourteenth century. The political ideas and activities of Marsilius of Padua have engendered a substantial literature and numerous debates. The present volume serves as a much needed guide to the life and works of the Paduan thinker. It provides readers with a scholarly treatment and evaluation of the various interpretative schools and debates concerning Marsilus based on the latest relevant research. As such, the present volume will appeal to scholars interested in the importance and influence of one of the greatest authors of the European Middle Ages.

Contributors include: Gerson Moreno-Riaño, Cary J. Nederman, Frank Godthardt, William Courtenay, Michael Sweeney, Gianluca Briguglia, Takashi Shogimen, Roberto Lambertini, Bettina Koch, and Thomas Izbicki.

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Gerson Moreno-Riaño, Ph.D. (1999) in Political Science, University of Cincinnati, is an associate professor of government at Regent University (USA). His more recent publications include the co-authored The Prospect of Internet Democracy (Ashgate, 2009) and the edited The World of Marsilius of Padua (Brepols, 2006).

Cary J. Nederman, Ph.D. (1983) in Social and Political Thought, York University (Toronto), is Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University (USA). He has published extensively on the history of Western political thought from antiquity to the Renaissance, including the recent book Lineages of European Political Thought: Explorations along the Medieval/Modern Divide from John of Salisbury to Hegel (Catholic University of America Press, 2009)
“This volume is an important contribution to Marsilian studies. In their introduction, the editors liken it to a photographic montage that offers a comprehensive portrait of Marsilius by viewing him from different yet complementary historical and scholarly perspectives. The effect is quite successful. These essays step beyond synthesis, offering challenging new understandings of the complex intellectual and historical influences that played upon the Paduan.”
Thomas Turley, Santa Clara University. In: The Medieval Review (November 2012).
List of Contributors

Gerson Moreno-Riaño and Cary J. Nederman
Chapter 1. The Life of Marsilius of Padua
Frank Godthardt
Chapter 2. Marsilius of Padua at Paris
William J. Courtenay
Chapter 3. Medicine and the Body Politic in Marsilius of Padua’s Defensor pacis
Takashi Shogimen
Chapter 4. Marsilius of Padua’s Principles of Secular Politics
Gerson Moreno-Riaño and Cary J. Nederman
Chapter 5. Marsilius of Padua on Church and State
Bettina Koch
Chapter 6. The Spirituality of the Church: Scripture, Salvation, and Sacraments
Michael J. Sweeney
Chapter 7. Marsilius and the Poverty Controversy in Dictio II
Roberto Lambertini
Chapter 8. The Minor Marsilius: The Other Works of Marsilius of Padua
Gianluca Briguglia
Chapter 9. The Reception of Marsilius
Thomas M. Izbicki
Gerson Moreno-Riaño and Cary J. Nederman
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All those interested in intellectual history, the history of the Latin Middle Ages, ecclesiastical history, the history of Western political thought, as well as philosophers, theologians, and medievalists.