The Reception of Bodin


Editor: Howell A. Lloyd
In The Reception of Bodin an international and interdisciplinary team of seventeen scholars considers one of the most remarkable figures in European intellectual history, the sixteenth-century jurist and philosopher Jean Bodin, as a ‘prismatic agent’ in the transmission of ideas. The subject is approached in the light of reception theory coupled with critical evaluation of key texts as well as features of Bodin’s own career. Bodin is treated as recipient of knowledge gleaned from multifarious sources, and his readers as receivers responding diversely to his work in various contexts and from various standpoints. The volume provides searching insights both into Bodin’s mental world and into processes that served to cross-fertilise European intellectual life from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.

Contributors include Ann Blair, Harald E. Braun, Glenn Burgess, Peter Burke, Vittor Ivo Comparato, Marie-Dominique Couzinet, Luc Foisneau, Robert von Friedeburg, Mark Greengrass, Virginia Krause, Johannes Machielsen, Christian Martin, Sara Miglietti, Diego Quaglioni, Jonathan Schüz, Michaela Valente.

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Howell A. Lloyd, D.Phil. (Oxford, 1964) is Emeritus Professor of History in the University of Hull, UK. His publications – monographs, edited works and numerous articles, on subjects ranging from Welsh to European history, from social and economic questions to military affairs, state institutions and political ideas – include, as co-editor, European Political Thought, 1450-1700: Religion, Law and Philosophy (Yale UP, 2007).
“This is undoubtedly a major scholarly work, exemplary in many ways, that sheds a unique light on the practice of Bodin as an author and the ways in which many of his ideas were incorporated and appropriated.”
Erik De Bom, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 68, No. 4 (Winter 2015), pp. 1405-1406.

“Il volume si presenta come uno specchio della ricchezza e del vivace eclettismo degli studi sull’opera di Bodin, imprescindibile strumento di indagine e fonte di nuove ipotesi di ricerca”.
Stefano Colavecchia, University of Molise.


List of Contributors

1. Introduction, Howell A. Lloyd

2. The History and Theory of Reception, Peter Burke

3. On Bodin’s Method, Marie-Dominique Couzinet

4. The Experiential World of Jean Bodin, Mark Greengrass

5. Listening to Witches: Bodin’s Use of Confession in De la Démonomanie des Sorciers, Virginia Krause

6. Bodin’s Reception of Johann Weyer in De la Démonomanie des Sorciers, Christian Martin

7. Authorial Strategies in Jean Bodin, Ann Blair

8. Bodin in the Netherlands, Johannes Machielsen

9. Reading from the Margins: Some Insights into the Early Reception of Bodin’s Methodus, Sara Miglietti

10. The Works of Bodin under the Lens of Roman Theologians and Inquisitors, Michaela Valente

11. Bodin’s Démonomanie in the German Vernacular, Jonathan Schüz

12. Making the Canon? The Early Reception of the République in Castilian Political Thought, Harald E. Braun

13. The Reception of Bodin in the Holy Roman Empire and the Making of the Territorial State, Robert Von Friedeburg

14. Sovereignty and Reason of State: Bodin, Botero, Richelieu and Hobbes, Luc Foisneau

15. The Italian Readers of Bodin, 17th-18th centuries
1. Readers of Bodin in Italy: From Albergati to Filangieri, Vittor Ivo Comparato

2. The Italian “Readers” out of Italy: Alberico Gentili, Diego Quaglioni

16. Bodin in the English Revolution, Glenn Burgess

17. Conclusion, Howell A. Lloyd

Consolidated Bibliography

All interested in the history of ideas in Europe from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, from book-production and distribution to pedagogy, and from witchcraft to international law.