Chapter

Responsibility of Princes

Theodor Meron

in Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's Laws

Published in print December 1993 | ISBN: 9780198258117
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258117.003.0005
Responsibility of Princes

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Shakespeare portrayed how Henry had his disguised troops conversed with a soldier called Williams regarding issues on how princes had spiritual responsibility for the casualties and death of soldiers during both unjust and just occurrences in war. By looking into how Shakespeare's expressed such conversations, a Christian view point can be seen, one which shows how the people who died in war were not given opportunities to attain repentance so therefore would be sentenced to eternal damnation. Also, this chapter examines the legal point of view. In relation to the issue about whether Kings should be liable for the damnation of soldiers who failed to repent before their deaths, Henry distinguished the authorized acts that involved military duties which the King was without a doubt responsible for, and the private acts that he should not be deemed responsible for, for such acts are determined by an individual's soul.

Keywords: Williams; spiritual responsibility; Christian perspective; individual soul; repentance; eternal damnation; personal acts; authorized acts; soldiers

Chapter.  5387 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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