Court and Country

  title={Court and Country},
  author={A. Levine},
  journal={The Medieval History Journal},
  pages={351 - 393}
  • A. Levine
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • The Medieval History Journal
The Northern Song Empire (960–1127) was the most spatially integrated and bureaucratically centralized polity in the late medieval world, and its rulers articulated ideological claims to unitary and universal sovereignty. Both its monarchs and ministers shared a discourse of authority that postulated the throne as the only legitimate source of authority, which was not openly challenged by organized blocs of aristocratic, religious, or urban elites. Yet, the Northern Song Empire was much less… Expand
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