Jacques Benigne Bossuet

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Alexandra HIS 202-415A Assignment #1 In the Political Treatise, where does the king derive his authority to rule? Can kings do whatever they want? Are there any restraints on their actions? What defense does an individual have against a king? In the political treatise, the king derives his authority to rules from God. The belief that kings should only answer to god. Jacques Benigne Bossuet, states in Political Treatise that, Rulers then act as the ministers of God and as his lieutenants on earth. It is through them that God exercises his empire…. So the royal throne is not the throne of a man, but the throne of God himself. Bossuet describes, that Kings are sent from God to express the laws giving a King all absolute power. In theory, there was an assumption suggesting, Kings were the “chosen ones” by God to rule, this belief also implied that these Kings were not liable to anyone other than God. Bossuet argued that a King should not have any restraints on their actions. As he states in the Political Treatise, It appears from this that the person of kings is sacred, and to move against them is sacrilege. God causes them to be anointed by the prophets with a sacred unction, as He caused the pontiffs and His altars to be anointed. Significantly stating that a King’s should be cherished and if someone would defy a challenge against him, they…show more content…
The bill extended the protection of rights. The English bill of rights was the start of a democracy in England. It was constructed so individuals would have a voice and not be commended to punishment by the hierarchy. It was the essential to the rights of an individual such as: the right to bear arms for warfare, basic freedom of speech, the right to have a democratic process which would maximize the Monarch rule and the right to a speedy trial without punishment before the jury’s
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