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  1. His political treatise Defensor pacis (The Defender of Peace), an attempt to refute papalist claims to a "plenitude of power" in affairs of both church and state, is seen by some authorities as the most revolutionary political treatise written in the later Middle Ages.

  2. Marsiglio completed his most famous work, The Defender of the Peace, in June 1324. Initially, the work circulcated anonymously, and when his authorship of it was made public in 1326, he immediately fled Paris, seeking protection at the court of the embattled German Emperor, Ludwig of Bavaria.

  3. Jun 08, 2007 · Marsilius of Padua's Defensor Pacis is one of the key texts of medieval political theory. His thought forms a cornerstone of the transition from medieval to modern political reasoning and is one of the Western classics in the history of political ideas.

    • Bettina Koch
    • 2007
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  5. The Defender of the Peace of Marsilius of Padua is a massively influential text in the history of western political thought. Marsilius offers a detailed analysis and explanation of human political communities, before going on to attack what he sees as the obstacles to peaceful human coexistence - principally the contemporary papacy.

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  6. Jun 08, 2018 · Marsilius of Padua (c. 1275-c. 1343) is known primarily as the author of the Defensor pacis, a bold antipapal tract dedicated to Emperor Louis iv of Bavaria in 1324 during his controversy with Pope John XXII.

  7. The tract Defensor pacis ( The Defender of Peace) laid the foundations of modern doctrines of popular sovereignty. It was written by Marsilius of Padua (Italian: Marsilio da Padova ), an Italian medieval scholar. It appeared in 1324 and provoked a storm of controversy that lasted through the century.

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