This is the first ever English rendition of the classic statement of divine right absolutism in French, published in 1707 when the power and glory of the French ancien régime was at its zenith. Patrick Riley has provided full supporting materials including a chronology, guide to further reading and brief notes on persons mentioned, in addition to a lucid introduction placing Bossuet's bibliocentric politics in their historical and intellectual context.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; Chronology; Critical bibliography; A note on the text; Biographical synopses; Politics drawn from the very words of Holy Scripture; First Book. Of the Principles of Human Society; Second Book. On Authority: That the Royal and Hereditary [Type] is the Most Proper for Government; Third Book. In Which One Begins to Explain the Nature and the Properties of Royal Authority; Fourth Book. On the Characteristics of Royalty (Continuation); Fifth Book. Fourth and Final Characteristic of Royal Authority; Sixth Book. The Duties of Subjects Toward the Prince, Based on the Preceding Doctrine; Seventh Book. On the Particular Duties of Royalty; Eighth Book. The Particular Duties of Royalty, Continued: Of Justice; Ninth Book. The Supports of Royalty: Arms, Riches or Finances, and Councils; Tenth and Final Book. Continuation of Helps to Royalty: Riches or Finances, Counsel; The inconveniences and temptations which accompany royalty: and the remedies that one can bring to them.