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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