Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Commonwealth And Monarchia Mixta In Polish And English Political Thought In The Later Sixteenth Century

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

There is no doubt that early modern Polish political thought differed considerably from the doctrines and ideologies prevalent in other parts of Europe. The concepts of rzeczpospolita and monarchia mixta developed in two different political systems. In Poland in the course of the sixteenth century the monarch was gradually overshadowed by the body politic and the law as an instrument of its power. The specific conditions of Poland-Lithuania produced a type of political culture which makes a comparison with ideologies prevailing elsewhere difficult. However, it has not been stressed strongly enough that despite its peculiarities Polish political thought contained themes and ideas easily detectable even in distant England. The comparison between theory and practice of two concepts prominent in both Polish and English political thought is by no means complete and it serves mostly as an overview of certain threads present in early modern political and constitutional thought.

Keywords: England; English Political thought; monarchia mixta; Poland; Polish political thought; rzeczpospolita



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Britain and Poland-Lithuania — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation