Fifth monarchy men

Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
(Hist.) a fanatical sect in England, of the time of the commonwealth, who maintained that there would be a fifth universal monarchy, during which Christ would reign on earth a thousand years.

See also: Fifth

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The king outlawed meetings of Fifth Monarchy Men, Baptists and Quakers and all members were required to take an oath of allegiance.
40) Moreover, Edmund Spenser wrote about the discoveries in the New World in terms of the prophecies in the Book of Daniel, (41) and the Fifth Monarchy Men (as the name implies) harnessed the prophecies in the Book of Daniel, which they used to justify the creation of "one supreme world power.
Alan Cole argues that Quaker pacifism is really the product of the Restoration of Charles II, as Friends sought to distance themselves from the more violent religious sects, such as the Fifth Monarchy Men.