Richard Cumberland and Natural Law
Secularisation of Thought in Seventeenth-Century England
Linda Kirk examines the life and work of Richard Cumberland, the Bishop of Peterborough and author of De Legibus Naturae (1672), who devoted his philosophical work to establishing a cosmology that would refute Hobbes.
1663–1707 Diplomat and Poet
'His life,' wrote Samuel Johnson, 'was busy but not long.' In his allotted span, George Stepney achieved much. A friend of Marlborough, a member of the influential Kit-Kat Club, and a respected poet, he also had a remarkable career as a diplomat. The product of ten years' research in archives throughout Europe, this first-ever biography of this important but neglected 17th-century figure charts his life and work, assesses his missions in Germany, Poland and Hungary, and evaluates his poetry.
The Mirror of Salvation
An Edition of British Library Blockbook G.11784
Speculum Humanae Salvationis ('The Mirror of Salvation') is a blockbook dating from 1470, with 116 woodcut illustrations, each accompanied by a Latin caption and commentary. It was intended for use as a sourcebook and reference for sermons and religious instruction. The illustrations are reproduced here with translations of their commentaries, followed by Labriola and Smeltz's detailed interpretations, providing valuable information and insights into the interaction of visual and verbal elements in medieval religious works.
You Looked at Me
The Spiritual Testimony of Claudine Moine
A refugee from the Thirty Years War, the French dressmaker Claudine Moine lived in Paris in the middle of the 17th century. Under instructions from her spiritual director, she kept a detailed account of God's action in her life during the three years from 1652 to 1655. The result is a work of extraordinary spiritual and theological richness, made available in English for the first time in Father Gerard Carroll's fine translation. With an introduction and notes.
Conscience and Its Problems
An Introduction to Casuistry
One of the great classics of moral theology, first published in 1927, and a benchmark in 20th-century casuistry, this work both recognizes the legacy of 16th and 17th century casuists and faces the moral issues relevant to modern times. An extensive new introduction by David H Smith places Kirk's approach to casuistry in the context of a general discussion of the term, its meaning and the ways it has been variously interpreted.