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.
'Good and Proper Men'
Lord Palmerston and the Bench of Bishops
Prior to Palmerston becoming Prime Minister in 1855, there were few bishops and they were rarely seen in their dioceses – most were occupied in London attending to business or Parliament. This changed significantly during Palmerston's ten years in office, during which he appointed 19 bishops who had both academic distinction and parochial experience. Nigel Scotland examines their wide-ranging reforms and innovations, including building churches and schools, promoting education and missions and raising standards among the clergy.
Patriotism, Power and Print
National Consciousness in Tudor England
In this masterly study of national consciousness, language and literature in late Tudor England, Brennan explores patriotism and discusses its nature, the different modes of cultural expression it finds, and analyses its use in political and relgious propaganda. She draws a distinction between nationalism and patriotism and sets out to examine the connotations of patriotism in its own right, rather than as nascent nationalism.
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.
Bench and Bureaucracy
The Public Career of Sir Julius Caesar, 1580–1636
The late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods witnessed the emergence of a transitional figure in the crown's service, a person who was not yet fully a bureaucrat in the modern sense, but who nonetheless acted with a considerable degree of independence from the crown. This study focuses on Sir Julius Caesar, an exemplar of this new kind of officer of state, whose career assumes even greater interest because he was the most prominent civil lawyer of his generation.
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.