A useful collection of sources, now reprinted, which document and commentate on the formation of medieval political culture between the 12th and 14th centuries. Aimed at a non-specialist readership fifteen texts are presented in English translation and in chronological order supported by suggestions for further reading. These include letters and treatises by Bernard of Clairvaux, Marie de France, John of Salisbury, Thomas Aquinas, John of Paris, Dante Alighieri, William of Ockham, John Wyclif and Christine de Pizan.
The 15 translated readings provide non-specialist readers a representative sampling of the political ideas and arguments that theorists of the European Middle Ages recorded. Nederman (political science, Texas A&M U.) and Forhan (political science, Siena College, New York) have preferred long excerpts from texts, but also include shorter pieces, especially some by women that have not been translated before. The 1993 edition was published by Routledge. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)