Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fact of the Day: Divine Right of Kings

While he wasn't the first monarch in the world to claim a super-natural right to the throne, King James I of England (also King James VI of Scotland) was the first English monarch to use the theory of the Divine Right of Kings. Claiming that as King he has to answer to nobody on Earth, and is given the right to rule by God. Coincidentally he also oversaw the English translation of scripture known as the King James Bible, which still features many supporters who strongly oppose any other English translation.  

24 comments:

Kay said...

Siiiighhhhh....

Unknown said...

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MRanthrope said...

the oldest "asshole" excuse in the book: Divine Right. haha

Joop Zand said...

Good post Adam.

greetings, Joop

Unknown said...

always tell us something interesting! :)

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Pilar Domínguez said...

I thought it was Henry VIII who said he was over everybody on earth and only God was over him. Thanks for teaching us.Kisses:)

Unknown said...

I love to learn some curious infos about famous icon!!

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Pompous asshole!

DEZMOND said...

I liked him because he was the son of Mary Queen of Scots, and his coming to the throne was kinda a victory for his dead mother who suffered under Elizabeth's rule.

Christine said...

It sounds lke politics in a way, a lot of it is about power.

Karen Baldwin said...

I saw a series on TV about him. He was an odd duck. Ironic to think he was responsible for the King James Bible.

Unknown said...

Not bad at all for a King :)))

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Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Hmmm...just a tad arrogant, wasn't he?

Pat Hatt said...

Douche bag

Miu said...

I always thought all kings argued that way.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Those kings thought they ruled the world didn't they? Well I suppose to be fair though they kinda did for a while. I would have loved to have lived in that era for a day just to experience what that time period was like.

Pepper said...

Lovely icon :'( C, xoxo.
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Theresa Mahoney said...

A little full of himself, I'd say!

Elisabeth said...

I sure didn't know that, what an interesting detail! Thanks for your comment Adam!

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

He was a homosexual too. (Well, technically bisexual since he did marry and have kids). Today that fact drives Fundamentalists nuts and many won't use the KJV Bible anymore. Hee hee! Way to stick it to them, James!

Unknown said...

Very good!

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Holy Ghost Writer said...

He had quite the ego