- Etymology of the word “state.”
- The notion of “sovereignty.” Its implications in early modern Europe and today.
- The notion of “divine right of kings.” The magic of the “royal touch.”
- The rituals and rhetoric of kingship.
- Critics of divine right and absolute sovereignty — Levellers and Monarchomachs.
- Daniel Philpott, “Sovereignty,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Charles Tilly, “War Making and State Making as Organized Crime.” In Bringing the State Back, ed Theda Skocpol, 169–91. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
- John Lilburne, “The 150 Page,” in The English Levellers, ed. Andrew Sharp. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
- Stephen Brogan, “The Tudors: Revival and Reform of Royal Therapeutics, 1485–1603,” The Royal Touch in Early Modern England Politics, Medicine and Sin. Boydell Press, 2015.
- Michael Massing, “Luther vs. Erasmus: When Populism First Eclipsed the Liberal Elite.” The New York Review of Books, February 20, 2018.
- James I. The Workes of the Most High and Mightie Prince, Iames, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britaine, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith.
- Sergio Bertelli, “His Majesty,” in The King’s Body: Sacred Rituals of Power in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001.