Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's LawsPerspectives on the Law of War in the Later Middle Ages$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Theodor Meron

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198258117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258117.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 24 May 2019

Responsibility of Princes

Responsibility of Princes

Chapter:
(p.64) 5 Responsibility of Princes
Source:
Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's Laws
Author(s):

Theodor Meron

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258117.003.0005

Shakespeare portrayed how Henry had his disguised troops conversed with a soldier called Williams regarding issues on how princes had spiritual responsibility for the casualties and death of soldiers during both unjust and just occurrences in war. By looking into how Shakespeare's expressed such conversations, a Christian view point can be seen, one which shows how the people who died in war were not given opportunities to attain repentance so therefore would be sentenced to eternal damnation. Also, this chapter examines the legal point of view. In relation to the issue about whether Kings should be liable for the damnation of soldiers who failed to repent before their deaths, Henry distinguished the authorized acts that involved military duties which the King was without a doubt responsible for, and the private acts that he should not be deemed responsible for, for such acts are determined by an individual's soul.

Keywords:   Williams, spiritual responsibility, Christian perspective, individual soul, repentance, eternal damnation, personal acts, authorized acts, soldiers

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .