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Marsilius of Padua and 'the Truth of History' by George Garnett

By George Garnett

This publication offers a thorough reinterpretation of the nice medieval philosopher, Marsilius of Padua. George Garnett's iconoclastic re-reading of Marsilius's paintings - in response to a cautious consciousness to the texts - overturns the generally accredited view of him as an earthly political theorist and proponent of republicanism, and re-establishes him in his right old context.

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But whatever the precise date¹⁰⁶ and location of the manuscript’s production, the character of the hand is ¹⁰¹ It is impossible to prove this point, because the extant French manuscripts, which preserve the original text of 1324, are all later than the earlier German manuscripts, which preserve the revised text. ¹⁰² DP, ed. Previté-Orton, p. xxxiv. ¹⁰³ DP, ed. Scholz, p. xxix, xxxi, xlvii. If it was written in Germany at Louis’s command, then the curial hand requires further explanation. ¹⁰⁴ Above, p.

1329), cited above, p. 21. ¹⁷⁷ Iohannes de Victoria, Liber certarum historiarum, ed. F. Schneider, MGH. Scriptores in usum scholarum separatim editi, 2 vols. (Hanover, 1909–10), ii. 148. 38 Introduction evanescent. In 1334 Louis negotiated with Cardinal Napoleon Orsini, head of a disaffected faction of Italian cardinals, about summoning a general council, ‘whether or not ille de Caturcho [John XXII] wants one’, as a way of dealing with John XXII. He shrewdly identified the pope’s unorthodox views on the Beatific Vision as the issue to be addressed by the council—on this, he and the cardinal’s supporters could find common ground.

24. ⁷⁶ Arch. , secr. T. VI; a. XII, c. 116, ep. 1289, cited by C. Pincin, Marsilio (Turin, 1967), 163. ⁷⁷ Below, p. 25. 18 Introduction The first indication that John XXII was aware of that threat is provided by a citation of Louis of Bavaria for heresy, dated 3 April 1327. In it, the pope identified two ‘sons of perdition’ who for years past had been misleading their pupils at the University of Paris, and who had now sought refuge with Louis. Both were already well known to the pope, and Marsilius’s card had been marked.

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