Plenitude of Power: Absolutism in the Middle Ages
The history and meaning of papal and secular plenitude of power are explained. Jacques de Revigny taught that rights guaranteed merely in civil law could be ignored without cause, and that even when a ruler infringed fundamental rights he did not have to spell out his justification. His approach was introduced into Italy by Cino da Pistoia. Baldo degli Ubaldi's concept of plenitude of power and its overwhelming force is described. Baldo's disapproval of the misuse of plenitude of power set a trend for the next generation of lawyers. Attitudes changed in the fifteenth century, jurists insisting that before rights could be infringed, the justification had to be genuine.
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