divine right of kings

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Synonyms for divine right of kings

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

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There is irony, of course, in Cromwellian appropriations of images deriving from a Europe of the Counter-Reformation Church Triumphant, of the Roi Soleil, and belief in divine right monarchy.