«Common weal» and «commonwealth»: England’s Monarchical Republic in the Making, c. 1450-c. 1530

Autore: John Watts
In: I libri di Viella. 128

This paper considers the effects of the reception of classical language and literature in late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century England, focusing on the theme of republicanism. It argues that Roman republican discourses played a significant part in the legitimation and development of more centralised, conciliar and legalistic forms of royal power in the course and aftermath of the Wars of the Roses.