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Law, Rulership, and Rhetoric: Selected Essays of Robert L. Benson

Law, Rulership, and Rhetoric: Selected Essays of Robert L. Benson

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Robert L. Benson (1925–1996), professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, was one of the most learned and original medievalists of his generation. At his untimely death he left behind a considerable body of unpublished writings, many of which he had revised and refined and in some cases presented in lectures and at conferences over many years. The best and most significant of these previously unpublished writings are collected in this volume. The essays in Law, Rulership, and Rhetoric span Benson’s entire career from 1955 to 1994. They comprise a rich collection covering a vast range of topics in political, intellectual, legal, and ecclesiastical history, rhetoric, and historiography. Art historians will find the three essays on medieval images of rulership and medieval art valuable, and literary scholars will be interested in the essays on, among others, Boncompagno da Signa. The volume concludes with several occasional, historiographical essays, including a spirited defense of Ernst Kantorowicz against Norman Cantor and an entertaining talk on “the medievalist as literary hero.” The volume begins with a brief biographical sketch and appreciation of Benson by Horst Fuhrmann.


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ISBN-13: 9780268022341
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 01/15/2014
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert L. Benson (1925–1996), professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, was one of the most learned and original medievalists of his generation. At his untimely death he left behind a considerable body of unpublished writings, many of which he had revised and refined and in some cases presented in lectures and at conferences over many years. The best and most significant of these previously unpublished writings are collected in this volume.

Loren J. Weber is partner of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. He was previously lecturer of history at the University of California, Los Angeles.  

Table of Contents

Foreword: In Memory of Robert L. Benson (1925-1996) Horst Fuhrmann vii

Editor's Preface xi

List of Abbreviations xvii

Part I Thought and Culture

1 Urbs et orbis: An Ancient Roman Topos in Medieval Political Language 3

2 Bishop, Metropolitan, and Primate: A Study on the Conceptions of Office and Hierarchy in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries 20

3 Self-Knowledge and Consciousness of Self: Aspects of Spirituality in the Meditations of Guigo I of the Charterhouse 37

4 The Strange Affair of the Abbess Margaret, or What a Medieval Historian Does 45

5 Miserrimi miserorum: Boncompagno on the Evils of Old Age 56

Appendix: Boncompagno, De malo senectutis et senii 81

Part II Art and Rulership

6 The Politics of Symmetry: Sacerdotium and Regnum in the Mirror of Medieval Art (800-1200) 95

7 Images of David in Psalters and Bibles: Medieval Interpretations of Biblical Kingship as Mirrored in Art 131

8 Images of Rulership on a Romanesque Chalice from Trzemeszno 158

Part III Medieval Rulership

9 In Praise of the Franks: Rhetorical Influences on the Early Germanic Monarchies 185

10 A Critique of Fritz Kern's Gottesgnadentum und Widerstandsrecht im Früheren Mittelalter 198

11 The King as Novus David: Political Uses of the Old Testament in the Early Middle Ages 204

12 Imperator oeconomus Ecclesiae: Notes on a Decretistic Theory of the Imperial Office 217

Part IV Frederick Barbarossa

13 The Treaty of Constance: Prelude and Epilogue 249

14 The Clash at Besançon (October 1157) 262

15 Frederick Barbarossa as "Lord of the World" 293

Part V Medieval History in Modern Perspective

16 Norman Cantor and "The Nazi Twins": On Inventing the Middle Ages 317

17 Comment on a Paper by Thomas F. Mathews, "How Art History Mistook Christ for the Emperor" 338

18 The "Mythic" in Studies of Frederick II Hohenstaufen 347

19 The Medievalist as Hero 355

Index of Manuscripts Cited 366

General Index 368

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