years. It infused all socialtheorising until the High Middle Ages.
The City of God delivered the premises for all medieval social studies. All political theories were deduced from its theological axioms and tended to reflect Augustine’s pessimistic assumptions about the corrupt and sinful nature of man. Scholars of the Church may have denounced the excesses of cruel tyrants and the conquests of strong rulers, but they argued that such behaviour was a natural consequence of man’s wicked and sinful nature. They may have condemned war, but they did no