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The Nature of Monarchy: Authority of a King

At the time, it was widely accepted that the King was appointed by God to defend his subjects. For example, in his coronation he was anointed with holy oil as a sign of God's grace. Therefore, overthrowing a King was seen as a direct sin against God.

Although he had God-given authority, the King did not have unlimited powers.

  • According to custom he was expected make decisions about the country and the Church having consulted other men, known as taking counsel. 
  • Parliament had to approve the passing of laws and the raising of taxation.
  • The King was expected to be fair and to ensure that English…


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