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Subject Area: Political Theory
Topic: The English Revolution

Thomas Hobbes, Study Guides on Images of Liberty and Power: The Divine Right of Kings or Regal Tyranny? (Hobbes and Lilburne) [2010]

Edition used:

Study Guides on Images of Liberty and Power: The Divine Right of Kings or Regal Tyranny? (Hobbes and Lilburne) (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2010).

Part of: Study Guides on Images of Liberty and Power


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This PDF is in the form of a slide show presentation of the images.

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About this title:

This study guide compares two title pages of books which appeared during the English Revolution. The fist is the famous frontispiece of Thomas Hobbe’s book Leviathan (1651) extolling the virtues of the divine right of kings; the second is the title page of the Leveller John Lilburne’s tract from 1647 condeming the “legal tyranny” of divine right. There is a copy of the image, some discussion of the historical context, a description of what is in the image, an analysis of its content and meaning, and links to further readings on the topic. It is in the form of a PDF of a “slide show” which can be used in the class room for further study and examination.

About Liberty Fund:

Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.



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