Francis Oakley on the persistent notion of sacral kingship
On this segment of MHA uncut, historian Francis Oakley and Ken Myers discuss the third and final volume in a series by Oakley entitled “The Emergence of Western Political Thought in the Latin Middle Ages.” In this conversation about his book The Watershed of Modern Politics: Law, Virtue, Kingship, and Consent (1300-1650) (Yale University Press, 2015), Oakley discusses how despite the growing influence of modern liberal political theories, the notion of sacral kingship persists well into the modern period. Though the notion conflicts with Western divisions of the natural and supernatural, religion and politics, and science and faith, the theme of divine kingship surfaces within modern monarchies, papal doctrine, and — in more sublimated ways — contemporary displays of political leaders. Login now to listen to the full conversation.
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