Divine right of kings
The divine right of kings was a belief that the king received his power and right to rule from God.
- By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
The second of these key texts was Romans 13:1-2:
- Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
- History of divine right of kings