By Ellen Meiksins Wood
A significant new historical past of Western political idea because it developed via clash and communities.
In this groundbreaking paintings, Ellen Meiksins wooden rewrites the heritage of political thought. She lines the improvement of the Western culture from classical antiquity via to the center a while within the point of view of social history—a major departure not just from the traditional summary heritage of rules but additionally from different contextual methods.
Treating canonical thinkers as passionately engaged humans, wooden examines their rules no longer easily within the context of political languages yet as artistic responses to the social family members and conflicts in their time and position. She identifies a particular relation among estate and kingdom in Western heritage and indicates how the canon, whereas mostly the paintings of individuals or consumers of dominant periods, was once formed through complicated interactions between vendors, employees and states. Western political idea, Wodd argues, owes a lot of its energy, and likewise many ambiguities, to those complicated and infrequently contradictory relations.
From the traditional Greek polis of Plato, Aristotle, Aeschylus and Sophocles, during the Roman Republic of Cicero and the Empire of St Paul and St Augustine, to the medieval international of Averroes, Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham, Citizens to Lords offers a wealthy, dynamic exploration of thinkers and concepts that experience indelibly stamped our glossy international.
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Qxd 16 8/20/05 11:49 AM Page 16 LORDS AND COMMUNITIES IN EARLY MEDIEVAL EAST ANGLIA The Dynasty of Ealdorman Æthelwine c. The most famous figure in the dynasty was Æthelwine’s own father, Æthelstan (d. In the late ninth and early tenth centuries several of the boroughs and their localities within the region had been under the authority of Scandinavian earls, who established peace with King Edward the Elder (899–924)after his conquest of the southern Danelaw c. The narratives, though, do not dwell upon his local administrative duties in East Anglia, which appear to have remained in the hands of the Scandinavian earls and their successors during his tenure of the ealdordom.
Ii, p. 204; iii, p. 338. Account based on Chron. , iii, c. 77/lxxxxvii, pp. 143–4. qxd 8/20/05 11:49 AM Page 27 THE DYNASTY OF EALDORMAN ÆTHELWINE AND TENTH-CENTURY SOCIETY 27 If then Ealdorman Æthelwine and Ælfwold did not invest much wealth in the establishment of great secular residences, perhaps they used the revenues at their disposal to acquire treasures. The donation by nobles of de luxe manuscripts and artefacts used in religious services communicated the power, piety and prestige of both donors and recipients, providing the material means for rituals which shaped and affirmed social relationships.
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Citizens to Lords: A Social History of Western Political Thought from Antiquity to the Middle Ages by Ellen Meiksins Wood