The King's Two Bodies: A Study in Medieval Political Theology [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 11 (4):693-694 (1958)

Abstract
As fascinating as its title, this "study in medieval political theology" explores the origins and significance of the concept that the King "has in him two Bodies, viz., a body natural, and a Body politic. His body natural is a Body mortal, subject to all Infirmities that come by Nature or Accident... But his Body politic is a Body that cannot be seen or handled, consisting of Policy and Government..." In Professor Kantorwicz's sure hands the fiction of the king's two bodies becomes a focal point for a wide-ranging study of medieval theology and political thought, and the center of a microcosm in which we can observe man's universal activity of borrowing concepts from one discipline to deal with changing situations in another.--R. F. T.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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DOI revmetaph195811454
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