269. Our Power is Real: the Clash of Church and State

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Giles of Rome and Dante on the rival claims of the church and secular rulers.



Further Reading

• R.W. Dyson (trans.), Giles of Rome’s On Ecclesiastical Power: a Medieval Theory of World Government (New York: 2004).

• H.W. Schneider, Dante: On World-Government (New York: 1957).


• C.F. Briggs and P.S. Eardley (eds), A Companion to Giles of Rome (Leiden: 2016).

• J. Canning, Ideas of Power in the Late Middle Ages, 1296–1417 (Cambridge: 2014).

• C.T. Davis, “Dante and the Empire,” in R. Jacoff (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Dante (Cambridge: 1993), 67-79.

• A.P. d’Entrèves, Dante as a Political Thinker (Oxford: 1952).

• J.M. Ferrante, The Political Vision of the Divine Comedy (Princeton: 1984).

• U. Limentani, “Dante’s Political Thought,” in U. Limentani (ed.), The Mind of Dante (Cambridge: 1965), 113-37.

• G. McAleer, “Giles of Rome on Political Authority,” Journal of the History of Ideas, 60 (1999), 21-36.

• J. Miethke, De potestate papae. Die päpstliche Amtskompetenz im Widerstreit der politischen Theorie von Thomas von Aquin bis Wilhelm von Ockham (Tübingen: 2000).

• M. Wilks, The Problem of Sovereignty in the Later Middle Ages (Cambridge: 1963).

Stanford Encyclopedia: Giles of Rome


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