Francis Oakley

Francis Oakley is the Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas, Emeritus, and President Emeritus at Williams College. He is the author of the three-volume series published by Yale University Press entitled The Emergence of Western Political Thought in the Latin Middle Ages. The volumes included are: Empty Bottles of Gentilism: Kingship and the Divine in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (to 1050) (2010); The Mortgages of the Past: Reshaping the Ancient Political Inheritance (1050-1300) (2012); and The Watershed of Modern Politics: Law, Virtue, Kingship, and Consent (1300-1650) (2015).


Volume 133

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Guests on Volume 133: Darío Fernández-Morera, on the real history of Islamic Spain in the Middle Ages; Francis Oakley, on the enduring belief in sacral kingship and the secularization of politics in the late Middle Ages; Oliver O'Donovan, on why all political authority can only be properly understood by way of analogy with God’s kingship; Thomas Storck, on the conflicts between “Americanism” and Catholic social teaching; John Safranek, on the self-contradictory character of modern liberalism; Brian Brock, on the challenges and opportunities of being a “Church theologian” in a secular university; George Marsden, on the birth and influential life of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.