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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We might call it our modern version of the divine right of kings.
He captures the Byzantine quality of the court of James I where the monarch displayed, on the one hand, a rare capacity for intellectual engagement as the author of a celebrated treatise on the divine right of kings, and, on the other hand, a prurience that overturned the established decencies of the royal household:
If you buy into the hogwash of the divine right of kings, then you should also buy into the fact that insignificant trolls like us have no right to question such a system.
The Divine Right of the public thus goes farther than the Divine Right of kings.
Constitutional corruption and legislative/executive/citizen acquiescence have put us back where we started 228 years ago, face to face with "the divine right of kings.
But he was always arrogant and aloof and his belief in the divine right of kings, inherited from his father, further removed him from his people.
50) Charles McIlwain found it "the most comprehensive of all [James's] political writings,"(51) while Wilfrid Harrison doubted "to what extent a significant doctrine of the divine right of kings is to be found in King James's not too coherent book.
In this landmark ruling, the highest court in the land reaffirmed the basic American principle that no individual, including the president, is above the law and that the theory of the divine right of kings does not apply to the chief executive in an American constitutional democracy.
Though the divine right of kings has long since gone the way of the fairy story, sadly our country is still lumbered with an unelected royal family who expect deference and loyalty from the people.
This theory, called the Divine Right of Kings, was officially dropped following the English Revolution, but it clearly lives on in spirit.
He observes two concrete improvements gained through the agency of the failed revolutions of 1848: the end of serfdom throughout Europe and the end of the belief in the divine right of kings.
Remember, the Vatican issued a letter against the Magna Carta because it infringed on the Divine Right of Kings.
The Tsar believed in the divine right of kings and thought all of Russia belonged to him.
Mainstream political thinkers - and this stream was very broad - saw no contradiction in upholding both a divine right of kings, limited only by the mandates of heaven, and legal limits on monarchy, which forestalled such abuses.
The divine right of kings - not to mention princes of Wales - disappeared a long time ago.