divine right of kings

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divine right of kings

n
(Historical Terms) history the concept that the right to rule derives from God and that kings are answerable for their actions to God alone

divine′ right′ of kings′


n.
the right to rule derived directly from God, not from the consent of the people.
[1735–45]
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Noun1.divine right of kings - the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects; rebellion is the worst of political crimes; "the doctrine of the divine right of kings was enunciated by the Stuarts in Britain in the 16th century"
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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Contemporaries considered the return of the Bourbons to the French throne in 1814 a restoration not so much of that particular dynasty, says Sellin, but of the principle of divine right monarchy and a repudiation of the principle of popular sovereignty that had been the foundation of every regime since the 1789 revolution.
Author James Carroll writes from the perspective of one who believes that the work of the council was to dismantle the last divine right monarchy and achieve a needed break with the past.
During the Glorious Revolution and its aftermath, Hooker was used against divine right monarchy by supporters of the Revolution and for divine right episcopacy and monarchy by the nonjurors.