The notion of the two bodies allowed for the continuity of monarchy even when the monarch died as summed up in the formulation the king is dead long live the king bringing together liturgical works images and polemical material the kings two bodies explores the long christian past behind this political theology it provides . The kings two bodies subtitled a study in mediaeval political theology is a 1957 historical book concerning medieval political theology and the distinctions separating the body natural a monarchs corporeal being and the body politic. Inthe kings two bodies kantorowicz traces the historical problem posed by the kings two bodies the body politic and the body natural back to the middle ages and demonstrates by placing the concept in its proper setting of medieval thought and political theory how the early modern western monarchies gradually began to develop a . 7 the king has in him two bodies viz a body natural and a body politic his body natural if it be considered in itself is a body mortal subject to all infirmities that come by nature or accident to the imbecility of infancy or old age and to the like defects that happen to the natural bodies of other people
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