Dr Jasonne M. Grabher is general manager of the Melbourne School of Graduate Research, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Making Practicality a Virtue: Morality, Law, and Fortitude in Giovanni da Legnano's De Bello
Article first published online: 20 JAN 2014
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Journal of Religious History
Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 510–527, December 2013
How to Cite
Grabher, J. M. (2013), Making Practicality a Virtue: Morality, Law, and Fortitude in Giovanni da Legnano's De Bello. Journal of Religious History, 37: 510–527. doi: 10.1111/1467-9809.12080
- Issue published online: 20 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 20 JAN 2014
While Giovanni da Legnano's De bello (ca.1360) deals primarily with practical issues related to the law of war, he also delved into the areas of moral philosophy and theology by examining the cardinal virtue fortitude. Giovanni's interest in fortitude continues longstanding medieval concerns about the morality of war and other forms of sanctioned violence, but his approach to the subject is that of a jurist attempting to bring licit violence more firmly under the rule of law. The historical context in which he wrote, furthermore, provides a useful framework for understanding his motivations and his treatment of various issues in the work.