James I: Speech on the Divine Right of Kings

(1609)

James I gave his Speech on the Divine Right of Kings to Parliament, asserting his stance that a monarch is not subject to earthly authority and derives his right to rule directly from the will of God. James VI of Scotland became James I of England in 1603 upon the death of Queen Elizabeth I, passing the English throne from the Tudor to the Stuart house. He expounded his belief in the Divine Right of Kings through a series of speeches delivered to Parliament in 1609. As the result of his lavish spending habits and challenges to parliamentary authority, James I frequently came into...

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