Jean Bodin,

Jean Bodin, "this Pre-eminent Man of France": An Intellectual Biography by Howell A. Lloyd, Hardcover

Jean Bodin was a figure of great importance in European intellectual history, known as a jurist, associate of kings and courtiers in sixteenth-century France,...

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ISBN-13:9780198800149
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Publication date:08/08/2017
Pages:400
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
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Jean Bodin, "this Pre-eminent Man of France": An Intellectual Biography by Howell A. Lloyd


Jean Bodin was a figure of great importance in European intellectual history, known as a jurist, associate of kings and courtiers in sixteenth-century France, and author of influential works in the fields of constitutional and social thought, historical writing, witchcraft, and a great deal else besides. Best known for his contribution to formulating the modern doctrine of sovereignty, Bodin was a scholar of exceptional range, whose works provoked controversy in his own time and have continued to do so down the centuries. Hugh Trevor-Roper described him as "the Aristotle, the Montesquieu of the sixteenth century, the prophet of comparative history, of political theory, of the philosophy of law, of the quantitative theory of money, and of so much else".

Much has been written on Bodin and his ideas, but in this new intellectual biography, Howell A. Lloyd presents the first rounded treatment of the thinker and his times, his writings (major and minor), and his ideas in their contemporary context, as well as in the broader intellectual tradition.