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16 Bodin in the English Revolution

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A significant number of European works were published in English translation during the 1640s and 1650s, but, with one exception, there was nothing of Jean Bodin to follow the 1606 Richard Knolles' translation of The Six Bookes of a Commonweale. The exception was the publication in 1648 of Sir Robert Filmer's The Necessity of the Absolute Power of All Kings: And in Particular of the Kings of England, a set of extracts from the Knolles' translation. The absence of translation might pose questions about the depth of English engagement with Bodin; however it is counter-balanced by a wealth of references to him in the political writings of the English Revolution. But this extensive array of citations poses some questions of its own. Most of the references to Bodin are isolated; they cover some very familiar topics and ignore much else.

Keywords: English Revolution; Jean Bodin; Richard Knolles; The Six Bookes of a Commonweale

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