Divine Right of Kings: Theory & Definition


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Divine right of kings has its ultimate origin in which of the following documents?

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1. In the theory of the divine right of kings, to whom is the king accountable for his actions?

2. Which of the following individuals are closely associated with divine right theory in early modern Europe?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In 16th to 18th century Europe kings ruled by divine right, meaning that it was believed their power was bestowed upon them by God. This quiz/worksheet combination will test your knowledge of divine right, including its origin and reasons for decline.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

For mastery of the quiz, students will need to know the following information:

  • Origin and basic tenets of divine right
  • Key historical figures
  • Reasons for divine right's decline

Skills Practiced

Students will gain practice in the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on divine right
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as absolutism and divine right
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history of divine right

Additional Learning

This lesson, along with its companion quiz and worksheet, contains the following objectives:

  • Discuss ways in which King James VI of Scotland and Jacques-Benigne Bossuet helped perpetuate the idea of divine right
  • Explore examples of divine justification in the Middle Ages
  • Understand how Enlightenment and parliament contributed to the decline of divine right