Marsilius of Padua

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Mar·sil·i·us of Padua

 (mär-sĭl′ē-əs) 1280?-1343?
Italian philosopher who wrote Defender of the Peace, a work that denied the secular authority of the pope.

Marsilius of Padua

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(Biography) Italian name Marsiglio dei Mainardini. ?1290–?1343, Italian political philosopher, best known as the author of the Defensor pacis (1324), which upheld the power of the temporal ruler over that of the church
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Referring particularly to the work of Brunetto Latini and Marsiglio of Padua, Nederman demonstrates conclusively that a binary oppostion between these two concepts is not an adequate model for the late medieval debates about imperial rule.
Their topics include heresy, madness, and possession in the High Middle Ages; the secret history of Marsiglio of Padua's Defensor Pacis in the thought of Nicole Oresme; two 17th-century views of the causes and functions of heres;, and the Albigenses in ecclesiastical history and literature, 1550-1850.
examines four late medieval writers on Church reform (the anonymous "Orthodoxus," John Wyclif, Jan Stojkovic, and Marsiglio of Padua), all of whom used Augustine to justify their views on the origins of the Church and its authority.
He does not hesitate to label as a caricature this picture of medieval Europe as a monolithic, and therefore a persecuting, society, and counters this view with lively and in-depth "case studies" of eight medieval authors: Anselm, Abelard, Ramon Llull, John of Salisbury, William of Rubruck, Marsiglio of Padua, Nicholas of Cusa, and Bartolome de Las Casas.