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Ideas of Liberty in Early Modern Europe: From Machiavelli to Milton

Hilary Gatti


Europe's long sixteenth century—a period spanning the years roughly from the voyages of Columbus in the 1490s to the English Civil War in the 1640s—was an era of power struggles between avaricious and unscrupulous princes, inquisitions and torture chambers, and religious differences of ever more violent fervor. This book argues that this turbulent age also laid the conceptual foundations of our modern ideas about liberty, justice, and democracy. The book shows how these ideas emerged in response to the often-violent entrenchment of monarchical power and the fragmentation of religious authority ... More

Keywords: liberty, justice, democracy, religious authority, monarchical power, free will, religious pluralism, Machiavelli, parliamentary government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691163833
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hilary Gatti, author
Università di Roma "La Sapienza"