Divine right

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)

Divine Right

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Divine Right may refer to:

  • The Divine right of kings, the doctrine that a monarch derives his or her power directly from God
  • “The Divine Right of Kings” (poem), an 1845 poem attributed to Edgar Allan Poe
  • Divine Right (game), a 1979 fantasy wargame
  • Divine Right: The Adventures of Max Faraday, a comic book series, 1997–1999
  • Divine Right, a 1989 anthology in the Merovingen Nights series
  • “Divine Right”, a song on the 2004 album Hi-Fi High Lights Down Low by Lodger (Finnish band)
  • The Divine Right, a 1996 play by Peter Whelan
  • “Divine Right”, a 1954 short story by J. T. McIntosh

See also

  • Divine Right’s Trip, a 1972 novel by Gurney Norman
  • By Divine Right, a Canadian indie rock band

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