Shards of Modernity

David Levine

in At the Dawn of Modernity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220584
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923676 | DOI:
Shards of Modernity

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It is believed that the most important result of the Papal Revolution was the entrenchment of the pluralistic system of the government. It was an answer to the explosion that a new form of royal law emerged to offset the secular rulers' loss of their sacral character. It may be not coincidental that the kings of England and France discovered their powers at the same time that the Church was banding the monarchy of its sacral character. Deprived of their position as supreme rulers of the Church, worldly rulers were reduced to the status of temporal monarchs, although their power was enhanced by the Church's support of a new territorial concept of kingship. This backing helped to transform clan chiefs and feudal overlords into supreme rulers of a defined geographical area.

Keywords: Church; kingship; rulers; royal law; power

Chapter.  36449 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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