The divine right of kings. The notion that kings reign by divine right, quite independent of the people's will. This notion arose from the Old Testament Scriptures, where kings are called “God's anointed,” because they were God's vicars on earth, when the Jews changed their theocracy for a monarchy.
“The right divine of kings to govern wrong.”
(The). Ferdinand de Herrera, a Spanish poet (1516-1595). Raphael, the painter, il Divino (1483-1520).
Luis Morales, Spanish painter, el Divino (1509-1586).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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