Kern, Fritz. Kingship and Law in the Middle Ages: I. The Divine Right of Kings and the Right of Resistance in the Early Middle Ages. II. Law and Constitution in the Middle Ages. Translated with an Introduction by S.B. Chrimes. Originally published: New York: Frederick A. Praeger Publishers, 1956. xxxi, 214 pp. Reprinted 2006, 2013 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584775706; ISBN-10: 158477570X. Hardcover. New. $50. * First published in 1914, this is one of the most important studies of early constitutional law. Kern [1884-1950] observes that discussions of the state in the ninth, eleventh and thirteenth centuries invariably asked whose rights were paramount Were they those of the ruler or the people? Kern locates the origins of this debate, which has continued to the twentieth century, in church doctrine and the history of the early German states. He demonstrates that the interaction of "these two sets of influences in conflict and alliance prepared the ground for a new outlook in the relations between the ruler and the ruled, and laid the foundations both of absolutist and of constitutional theory" (4).
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