Divine Right

Discipline: Political Science

Doctrine of royal authority reintroduced by AUGUSTUS (63 BC-AD 14) and stemming from the dual role of Roman emperors as both gods and rulers.

Kings derive their power from God. Their authority is thus unlimited except by divine law itself, and subjects are obliged to obey as they are obliged to obey God himself.

J W Allen, A History of Political Thought in the Sixteenth Century (London, 1960)


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