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Preface; Introduction; Principal events in Filmer's life; Bibliographical note; The authorship and dating of some works attributed to Filmer; A note on the text; Abbreviations and sources; 1. Patriarcha; 2. The free-holders grand inquest; 3. The anarchy of a limited or mixed monarchy; 4. The necessity of the absolute power of all kings; 5. Observations concerning the originall of government, upon Mr Hobs 'Leviathan', Mr Milton against Salmasius, H. Grotius 'De Jure Belli'; 6. Observations upon Aristotles politiques touching forms of government, together with directions for obedience to governours in dangerous and doubtfull times; Select biographical notes; Textual notes; Index.

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This volume contains the political writings of Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653), perhaps the most important patriarchal political theorist of the seventeenth century

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