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.
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. Nemerkenyi: 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