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Carolus Scribani And The Lipsian Legacy. The Politico-Christianus And Lipsius’s Image Of The Good Prince

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This chapter investigates to what extent Carolus Scribani is indebted in his Politico-Christianus to Lipsiuss political ideas, especially as they are expressed in his Monita et exempla politica. It discusses Scribani's views on the education of a ruler, in casu Philip IV, and describes how he and Lipsius made use of examples. Most attention is paid to the way in which both of them present Archduke Albert as the ideal prince. By dedicating his Politico-Christianus to the young Philip IV, Scribani emphasised the Dutch-Spanish connection and tried to leave his mark on the Spanish policymaking. Although there are some essential features in the image of the ideal prince as symbolised in the figure of Archduke Albert which correspond in Lipsiuss Monita et exempla politica and Scribanis Politico- Christianus, it has become clear that the latter emphasised other elements than the former.

Keywords: Archduke Albert; Carolus Scribani; casu Philip IV; Dutch-Spanish connection; ideal prince; Lipsiuss political ideas; Monita et exempla politica; Politico-Christianus



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