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The study of political union in the late medieval and early modern periods is too often carried out within a conceptual framework derived from models of national statebuilding, in which the unitary nation state is seen as the goal of political development and individual unions are studied in isolation.
“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.
“Oh that I had the power to make Time lame,
To stay the stars, or make the moon stand still,
That future day might never stay haste thy flight.”
“Were man but constant, he were perfect.”
Barbara H. Rosenwein has been an animating presence in the Chicago medieval studies community for more than four decades.
State trials were the quintessential media events of later Stuart England. The more important of these trials attracted vast public attention, serving as pivot points in the relationship between the governors and the governed.
“T were all one
That I should love a bright particular star
And think to wed it, he is so above me”