Historia. Instituciones. Documentos (Dec 2006)

El rey virtuoso: un ideal político del siglo XIII de la mano de fray Juan Gil de Zamora

  • Arsenio Dacosta

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 33
pp. 99 – 121


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This paper studies the work of Friar Juan Gil de Zamora, a prominent Franciscan intellectual with close connections in the court of Alfonso X of Castile, who appointed him as tutor to his son, the future Sancho IV. Particular attention is paid to the ideal of the ‘virtuous king’ in Juan Gil, who was considered to be in line with the most advanced political thinking of his time, as found in the work of St.Thomas Aquinas and Roger Bacon.