The king had sent them there to make the people obey his unjust laws.
It would be unjust, however, to say that he was the determined enemy of all progress.
This was unjust to the many men who were working, not without success, to raise the Republic out of its many difficulties.
The promise of " special laws " based upon such consideration was therefore not, in itself, unjust, nor unwelcome.
But, although the relation of reason to an external authority thus constitutes the badge of medieval thought, it would be unjust to look upon Scholasticism as philosophically barren, and to speak as if reason, after an interregnum of a thousand years, resumed its rights at the Renaissance.