This anthology includes writings of both well-known theorists such as Thomas Aquinas and John of Salisbury as well as those lesser known, including Christine de Pisan and Marie de France, and will be of value to students of the history of political theory as well as those of medieval intellectual history. Sources represented: Bernard of Clairvaux, "Letter to Pope Eugenius III"; Marie de France, The Fable of a Man, His Belly and His Limbs; John of Salisbury, Metalogicon and Policraticus; "Treatise on the Laws and Customs of the Kingdom of England Commonly Called Glanville"; Philip of Harvengt, "Letter to Henry, Count of Champagne"; Brunetto Latini, The Book of Treasure; Thomas Aquinas, On Kingship, Summary of Theology and Commentary on Aristotle's Politics; Giles of Rome, "On Civil Government"; John of Paris, On Royal and Papal Power; Dante Alighieri, The Banquet; Marsilio of Padua, The Defender of Peace; William of Pagula, The Mirror of King Edward III; William of Ockham, "Whether a Ruler Can Accept the Property of Churches for his Own Needs"; John Wyclif, On the Duty of the King; Christine de Pisan, The Book of the Body Politic.
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)