divine right of kings

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the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects

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The regalia was re-created for Charles the Second, who went a bit more lightly on the divine right of kings bit, remembering, no doubt, what had befallen his father.
Most Westerosi adhere to the divine right of kings and worship a seven-faced god.
Nobody claims Queen Elizabeth II was born beneath a rainbow, for example, but she does hold her exalted position thanks to the doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings.
In seventeenth-century England," he observes, "the myth of the divine right of kings gave way to two important, yet not always compatible new trends: democracy and the rule of law," which, in turn, "led to royal prerogative's morphing into constitutional prerogative" (p.
The King James Version," said Greenberg in an interview, "brings to the translation a concern for the divine right of kings, which was of course a concern for King James.
For 400 years, the judgement has been that Henry and those around him, including Wolsey and Cromwell, were driven by lust, succession and a compelling perspective on the divine right of kings versus the chokehold of the Vatican.
The poems are important, suggest the translators and editors, "for their quality and originality, and for the vivid image they present of an intellectual universe, historical certainly, but by now almost wholly unfamiliar, which combines the new world of science and medicine with the old world in which the Divine Right of Kings and the authority of the classical past predominated.
The English revolution of 1688 ended the divine right of kings and established the supremacy of Parliament over the executive.
The modern, "secular" idea of state sovereignty, first articulated as "the divine right of kings," was a response to and a mirror image of these papal claims.
When what it should be is: "Ah, so that means Charles I is on the throne, banging on about the divine right of kings and England is heading for a civil war.
Florby's reading that the double play, rather than being a conservative affirmation of the absolutist state, interrogates James's insistence on the divine right of kings is very persuasive; paradoxically, Byron, as the representative of 'an older feudal regime' (p.
The divine right of kings to rule unfettered has never set particularly well with the English.
This culminates in Pearse's chapter on "Reason and Power: Rationalist Theology and the Divine Right of Kings.
Dominated by regal reds and golds, Tom Gleeson's cleverly simple set (supported by modern costumes that took their inspiration from the 1920s) was centered around a colossal, grainy image of Michael Cumpsty's Richard on the back wall, which combined a notion of the divine right of kings with an Orwellian sense of dictatorial power and the force of celebrity idolatry.
After the Reformation, the application of political theology in the form of the divine right of kings begins to follow the patterns described by Schmitt.