divine right

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Synonyms for divine right

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

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A brief and lucid chapter on "Art and Theater in the Service of the Leviathan State" serves chiefly to lay out recognizable truths about the new absolutist monarchies in Renaissance Europe, conflicts arising out of this newly centralized authority, the wish of divine-right kings to dictate the tone of national culture, the struggles of dramatists to adapt to claims of royal absolutism, the politics of patronage in relation to acting companies, difficulties about censorship, the physical conditions of acting at court, and the like.