Law, rulership, and rhetoric : selected essays of Robert L. Benson

Benson, Robert L., 1925-1996, author
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  • Creator edited by Loren J. Weber ; in collaboration with Giles Constable and Richard H. Rouse ; foreword by Horst Fuhrmann
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2014]
  • Physical Details
    • xxiii, 382 pages ; 26 cm
  • ISBNs 9780268022341, 0268022348
  • OCLC ocn842209329


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Foreword : In memory of Robert L. Benson (1925/1996) / Horst Fuhrmann -- Thought and culture. -- Urbs et orbis: an ancient roman topos in medieval political language -- Bishop, metropolitan, and primate: a study on the conceptions of Oyce and hierarchy in the eleventh and twelfth centuries -- Self-knowledge and consciousness of self: aspects of spirituality in the meditations of Guigo I of the Charterhouse -- The strange avair of the Abbess Margaret, or what a medieval historian does -- Miserrimi miserorum: Boncompagno on the evils of old age -- Appendix: Boncompagno, de malo senectutis et senii -- Art and rulership. -- The politics of symmetry: sacerdotium and regnum in the mirror of medieval art (800/1200) -- Images of David in Psalters and Bibles: medieval interpretations of biblical kingship as mirrored in art -- Images of rulership on a romanesque chalice from Trzemeszno -- Medieval rulership. -- In praise of the Franks: rhetorical influences on the early Germanic monarchies -- A critique of Fritz Kern's Gottesgnadentum und widerstandsrecht im frøheren mittelalter -- The king as novus David: political uses of the Old Testament in the Early Middle Ages -- Imperator oeconomus ecclesiae: notes on a decretistic theory of the imperial office -- Frederick Barbarossa. -- The Treaty of Constance: prelude and epilogue -- The clash at Besançon (October 1157) -- Frederick Barbarossa as "lord of the world" -- Medieval history in modern perspective. -- Norman Cantor and "the Nazi twins": on inventing the Middle Ages -- Comment on a paper by Thomas F. Mathews, "How art history mistook Christ for the emperor" -- The "mythic" in studies of Frederick II Hohenstaufen -- The medievalist as hero
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