Humanities and History: The Unpublished Essays of Ernst Kantorowicz (Paperback)

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A collection of never-before-published essays by the great historian Ernst Kantorowicz, author of the classic The King's Two Bodies

Ernst Kantorowicz was one of the greatest historians of the twentieth century. His 1927 biography of Frederick II is still in print, and his masterwork, The King's Two Bodies (1957), continues to inspire scholars in a wide variety of fields. From 1935 until his death in 1963, Kantorowicz published some forty essays on an astonishing variety of subjects that reflect the superabundance of his ideas and interests. But he also left behind a number of unpublished essays that rank with his best work. Humanities and History presents for the first time Kantorowicz's unpublished essays written in English.

Seven of these essays address subjects across an enormous chronological span, from ancient Greece and Rome to the Renaissance: "Synthronos: On Throne-sharing of Gods and Men," "Roman Coins and Christian Rites," "Coronation Scenarios Eastern and Western," "Charles the Bald and the Natales of the King," "Roma and the Coal," "Glosses on Late-Mediaeval State Imagery," and "The Dukes of Burgundy and the Italian Renaissance." These essays are rounded out by two worthy occasional pieces: an essay on "Humanities and History" and a talk on "Postage Stamps and the Historian."

About the Author


Ernst H. Kantorowicz (1895-1963) taught at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Robert E. Lerner is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Northwestern University. His many books include Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life (Princeton) and The Heresy of the Free Spirit in the Later Middle Ages.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780691229072
ISBN-10: 0691229074
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Pages: 256
Language: English