This volume of essays intends to present diverse aspects of monotheistic kingship during the Middle Ages in two general theoretical articles and a series of "case studies" on the relationship of religion and rulership. The authors discuss examples of the role of religion - based on both textual and iconic evidence - in Carolingian, Ottonian and late medieval Western Europe; in Byzantium and Armenia; Georgia; Hungary; the Khazar Khanate; Poland, and Rus'. Two studies explore the issue in medieval Jewish and Islamic political thought. The editors hope that these special inquiries will engender more comparative studies on the subject.
List of Contributors
A. Al-Azmeh: Monotheistic Kingship
Gy. Gerb̌y: Carl Schmitt and Erik Peterson on the Problem of Political Theology. A Footnote to Kantorowicz
C. Gaspar: The King of Kings and the Holy Men: Royal Authority and Sacred Power in the Early Byzantine World
I. Garipzanov: David imperator augustus
Changing Iconography of Carolingian Rulership (with 9 tables)
N. Gussone: Religion in a Crisis of Interregnum: The Role of Religion in Bridging the Gap Between Otto III and Henry II
A. Schmelowsky: Messianic Dreams and Political Reality: The Case of Don Isaac Abravanel
S. Rapp: Images of Royal Authority in Early Christian Georgia: The Impact of Monotheism?
I. Karaulasvili: King Abgar of Edessa and the Concept of a Ruler Chosen by God
G. Tamer: Monotheismus und Politik bei Alfarabi
Z. Dalewski: Vivat princeps in eternum! Sacrality of Ducal Power in Poland in the Earlier Middle Ages
E. Nemerkňyi: Biblical Language in the Institutions of St. Stephen of Hungary
O. Tolochko: Problems of Religious Legitimization of the Rurikides of Rus'
V. Petrukhin: A Note on the Sacral Status of the Khazarian Khagan: Tradition and Reality
G. Moreno-Riaǫ: Marsilius of Padua on Rulership