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The Idol of the Heart: Liberty, Tyranny and Idolatry in the Work of Fulke Greville

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JournalModern language review
DatePublished - Jul 2011
Issue number3
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)625-46
Original languageEnglish


This paper examines the central concepts in the political theology of Fulke Greville. By situating Greville's work in the context of the work of Huguenot political thinkers such as Agrippa d'Aubignéé, it is argued that it is Calvinism's notion of idolatry, and its distrust of the sacralization of power, regarded as a form of voluntary servitude, which lay at the heart of Greville's critique of absolute monarchy.

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