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John of Salisbury on ‘The Prince’

John of Salisbury (c. 1120–1180), Bishop of Chartres and Christian humanist, writes in his Policraticus about the difference between a prince and a tyrant. His description of ‘the prince’ is as follows. Note well John’s emphasis of the divine origin of the prince’s authority, but with that the responsibility that rests on his shoulders: Therefore, according […]

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Justinian’s Dyarchy

Justinian’s political theology is sometimes referred to as “dyarchy,” in which there are, or seem to be, two powers (on this ambiguity see below) ordained by God in human life, the the priestly and the imperial, sacerdotium et imperium (one cannot say the “sacred” and the “profane” for reasons which will become clear in what follows). […]