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This book has been long underway, and in writing it I have incurred numerous debts of a professional and personal kind. First thanks must go to Angus Gowland, who supervised my PhD work, which forms the backbone of this book, at ucl’s Department of History and has provided support since. It was as an MA student on his courses that I first learnt to appreciate the political thought of the renaissance humanists and their varied uses of the classical heritage, a perspective which informs much of this book. Secondly, I owe a great debt to Knud Haakonssen, who has not only encouraged my work on natural law theorising in the centuries after Melanchthon but also suggested that I rewrite my thesis as a book in this series, Early Modern Natural Law Studies and Sources. His editorial support has been invaluable, and the book would not have been the same without it. I also thank the two anonymous readers for Brill for their suggestions and criticisms, all of which has helped make this a better study.

My work on this book has also benefitted from financial support. My PhD research was funded by a generous 3-year research studentship at ucl’s Department of History and by a 6-month visiting doctoral fellowship at the Leibniz-Institute for European History in Mainz. At ucl, I benefitted from comments from and discussions with colleagues, notably Peter Schröder, who acted as my second supervisor, and Martin van Gelderen and Ben Kaplan, who were examiners at my viva. In Mainz, I benefitted particularly from discussions with Christopher Voigt-Goy. This book has also benefitted from rethinking done whilst I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Social and Cultural Studies, University of Erfurt. And my thanks also go to the School of Management at Royal Holloway, University of London, which was a hospitable workplace during the last years of working on this book.

My warmest thanks go to my family, Søren, Inge, Mille and Benjamin, for their love and their support of my studies and my work. I have also benefited from the conversation, friendship, and support of several people while writing this book, including Aske Storgaard Beck, Morten Holm Christensen, Daniel Vallentin Kjer, Jaap Geraerts, Will Moss, Matthias Bang Petersen, Paul Sagar, Per Scheller, Tom Stein, and Rasmus Uglebjerg With.

My greatest thanks go to my wife, Emma Agyemang-Jensen, who has put up with me during my work on this book, and without whose love and support this book would never have been.

Material in chapter 2 has previously been published as ‘By Convention or by Nature: Melanchthon’s Criticism of Late Medieval Ockhamist Political Thought in the Commentarii in Aliquot Politicos Libros Aristoteles’. History of Political Thought 35, no. 1 (2014): 2–28. I am grateful to the publisher for permission to reproduce it here.

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