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Before church and state : a study of social order in the sacramental kingdom of St. Louis IX / Andrew Willard Jones.

Author/creator Jones, Andrew Willard, 1980- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Steubenville : Emmaus Academic, [2017]
Descriptionxviii, 492 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction: Church and State? -- Part I: The business of the peace and the faith -- Enemies of the faith and of the peace -- Enemies of the King and the church -- For the extirpation of heretical depravity and for the conservation of the peace -- From the duty of royal power -- Desiring that the King not gain some advantage from this violance -- Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most powerful (Ps 44) -- Part II: Counsel and aid -- The Lord King orders that the plain truth be found -- The spiritual and the temporal -- Counsel and aid -- In the fullness of royal power -- Part III: The fullness of Papal power -- In the image of the proconsul -- With the counsel and assent of the King -- Sede Vacante -- Part IV: Conclusions: St. Thomas Aquinas and the "Most Christian kingdom" -- The new law and the two swords -- The most Christian kingdom.
Abstract "Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in the Sacramental Kingdom of St. Louis IX explores the “problem of Church and State” in thirteenth century France by taking a detailed look at the lives of two men, Gui Foucois (Pope Clement IV) and Louis IX and the institutions they helped build. It argues that the “problem” of Church and State did not exist in the thirteenth century. The spiritual and temporal powers existed, to be sure, but these were not parallel structures attempting to govern the same social space in a contest over sovereignty. Rather, the spiritual and the temporal powers were wrapped up together in a differentiated and sacramental world, and both included the other as aspects of their very identity. “Government” happened through networks of consilium et auxilium that cut across lay/clerical lines. These networks necessarily included both spiritual and temporal powers. During the reign of Louis IX the king’s network expanded to encompass the majority of the social space. This network had integral to it both the papal “fullness of power” and the royal “fullness of power” without any contradiction. The book reconstructs how such government actually happened and not simply the arguments that intellectuals had about how it ought to happen. This reconstruction is, furthermore, presented as a response to how modern historians and scholars of politics often suppose government to have happened. The book is, therefore, directly aimed at engaging and challenging the consensus of contemporary scholarship. What is more, it brings contemporary thought concerning the definition of “religion,” “secular,” and “politics” into the study of the Middle Ages, something that is long overdue. Up to this point, scholars interested in challenging modern conceptions of “religion” have, when treating the Middle Ages, had to rely largely on historical scholarship written from within the conventional paradigm. This book aims to provide these scholars with a methodologically and technically rigorous alternative. If the book’s thesis is widely accepted, it will call for the reconsideration of the accepted narrative of medieval Church and State." -- from
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 455-478) and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Jones, Andrew Willard, 1980- Before church and state. Steubenville : Emmaus Academic, 2017 9781945125409
LCCN 2017008738
ISBN9781945125140 (hardcover)
ISBN1945125144 (hardcover)

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