2015 1-4955-0332-1 Synthesizes older and newer historical approaches to Renaissance texts in order to establish a reading of them that takes at its starting point the principles behind the period’s natural philosophy in order to reevaluate the theory of the king’s two bodies. Rolls presents a view of Renaissance thought that could adapt itself to new discoveries, and also turns to recent thinkers to interpret the material.
2006 0-7734-5719-4 Makes available for the first time the texts from which scholars have drawn to discuss the theory of the king’s two bodies. This study shows that the present-day discussions of monarchal power in the Renaissance have constructed a simplistic opposition between metaphysical, or so-called absolutist theories of kingship, and more materialistic theories of power.
2000 0-7734-7692-X This study reevaluates the theory of the king’s two bodies and examines representations of renaissance culture relying on its principles. Unlike previous accounts, it demonstrates that there were different versions, analyzing the differences between Edmund Plowden, the lawyer who popularized the theory in 16th-century England, James I, Shakespeare, and a number of other writers. It goes on to explore the Shakespearean version in more detail. Rolls presents a view of Renaissance thought that could adapt itself to new discoveries, and also turns to a number of recent thinkers, particularly Saussure, Barthes, and Lacan, to interpret the material.