divine right of kings

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divine right of kings

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(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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of London, UK) describes it, it was a style of performance that was "overwhelming, monologic, and baroque," but it was also an ideology that, with its powerful monarchs, deus ex machina, and providential history endorsed divine right theory and Stuart absolutism.
Modern commentators have characterized Jure Divino as a political poem in which Defoe aims to discredit the divine right theory of monarchy as he expounds and celebrates Whig ideas of government by compact, the right to resist tyrants, and England's commitment to limited monarchy.
Russell shows that people from all actore the political spectrum subscribed to divine right theory In Russell's analysis, this did not preclude criticism of the king, but it did mitigate against the kind of ideological conflict alleged by Sommerville.