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Rebel BaronsResisting Royal Power in Medieval Culture$
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Luke Sunderland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788485.001.0001

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(p.251) Conclusion
Rebel Barons

Luke Sunderland

Oxford University Press

The Conclusion charts the survival of the rebel baron tradition into the early modern period, before looking at thinkers from the three spheres of influence that shape this book—Machiavelli, Bodin, and Hobbes—who develop powerful doctrines of sovereignty that seek to put an end to the cultures of rebellion and feuding that this book describes. I contend that our thinking about power, legitimacy, and authority has been shaped by such thinkers, who are canonical for modern political theory and ideas of sovereignty, leading us to side automatically with kings and sovereigns, and to mistakenly associate revolts and vendetta with anarchy.

Keywords:   early modern, romance epic, Machiavelli, Bodin, Hobbes, sovereignty, authority, sedition, anarchy

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