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
Carl Schmitt and Erik Peterson on the Problem of Political Theology.
A Footnote to Kantorowicz
The King of Kings and the Holy Men:
Royal Authority and Sacred Power in the Early Byzantine World
David imperator augustus…
Changing Iconography of Carolingian Rulership (with 9 tables)
Religion in a Crisis of Interregnum: The Role of Religion in Bridging
the Gap Between Otto III and Henry II
Messianic Dreams and Political Reality:
The Case of Don Isaac Abravanel
Images of Royal Authority in Early Christian Georgia:
The Impact of Monotheism?
King Abgar of Edessa and the Concept of a Ruler Chosen by God
Monotheismus und Politik bei Alfarabi
Vivat princeps in eternum!
Sacrality of Ducal Power in Poland in the Earlier Middle Ages
Biblical Language in the Institutions of St. Stephen of Hungary
Problems of Religious Legitimization of the Rurikides of Rus’
A Note on the Sacral Status of the Khazarian Khagan:
Tradition and Reality
Marsilius of Padua on Rulership
Index of proper names