Political Lordship, and Human and Divine Law

‘So far as I can judge, no man in a state of mortal sin has true lordship over other creatures in God’s sight. He ought rather to be called a tyrant, a thief or a robber, though he may keep the name of king or prince or lord by reason of possession or hereditary succession, or the approval of the people subject to him, or by some other human law. But he has no true lordship until he repents, and until the grace of penance has restored him to a state that is acceptable to God.’

— Abp. Richard Fitzralph, Summa domini Armacani in questionibus Armenorum (Paris, 1512), fo. 75v, ed. and tr. Gwynn, English Austin Friars, 67.


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