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15 The Italian “Readers” of Bodin, 17th–18th Centuries: The Italian “Readers” out of Italy—Alberico Gentili (1522–1608)

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Bodin was a lawyer and a magistrate, and his works were the typical products of the doctrinal milieu of the French sixteenth century's lawyers and magistrates. Among the "readers" of Bodin the authors find the great Italian jurist and religious reformer Alberico Gentili, the author of the De iure belli libri tres. Gentili became in 1587 Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford, where he taught until his death, in 1608. He also wrote in defence of the prerogatives of King James I. Both as a lawyer and as a political thinker, Gentili was representative of an era of transition and of the broader changes which took place in his lifetime. The reception of Bodin's République is the basis of Gentili's attempt to adjust the law of nations in the mos italicus to early-modern sovereignty.

Keywords: Alberico Gentili; canon law; civil law; De iure belli libri tres; Jean Bodin; République

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