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This is a historical work of extraordinary depth and breadth, which will interest--and surprise--not only historians but also political theorists, legal scholars, and others who wish to understand the origin and early developoment of contemporary theories of rights.
This series, originally published by Scholars Press and now available from Eerdmans, is intended to foster exploration of the religious dimensions of law, the legal dimensions of religion, and the interaction of legal and religious ideas, institutions, and methods. Written by leading scholars of law, political science, and related fields, these volumes will help meet the growing demand for literature in the burgeoning interdisciplinary study of law and religion.
The Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies Emeritus atCornell University. A world authority on Western historyand canon law, he has published a dozen books includingFoundations of the Conciliar Theory: The Contributionsof the Medieval Canonists from Gratian to the GreatSchism; Origins of Papal Infallibility, 1150-1350: AStudy on the Concepts of Infallibility, Sovereignty andTradition in the Middle Ages; Medieval Poor Law: ASketch of Canonical Theory and Its Application inEngland; and Religion, Law and the Growth ofConstitutional Thought, 1150-1650. "
A. S. McGrade
"A superb scholarly synthesis of medieval into early modern legal, philosophical, and theological sources for an idea widely and not always favorably regarded as a product of the European Enlightenment. . . A scholarly gem with cutting-edge relevance for our present global condition."