How are absolute monarch and divine right related?
Divine Right is what gives legitimacy to the absolute monarch. Divine Right argues that the specific king who governs was chosen by the local religion's divinities to rule, which nullifies much of the opposition to his power. Vested with the power granted by divine right, an absolute monarch can then go about making all of the political decisions in the country.
Frederick the Great was an absolute monarch with enlightened viewpoints. He was not a believer in the divine right of kings and believed a king should be a servant of the state, doing whatever was best for his subjects. He had advisers, he took seriously as opposed to acting solo and not taking advice from anyone.
Divine Right (The principle that Kings were chosen by God) was used to support the concept of absolutism in which the power of the Monarch was unrestrained by either the noble or common classes. King Charles I of England was a divine right monarch who attempted to rule without the consent of parliament.
An absolute monarch is someone who: 1. Their legitimacy to rule was based on heredity 2. They centralized the national government under their control and domination 3. They made laws but didn't have to follow them 4. Individuals had to obey the monarch and abide by their decisions 5. Only individual right that existed were privileges the monarch decided
Louis XIV · He followed divine right- that it was there given right to rule by God · He said that he is the state · He took over the throne at the age of four · Known as the sun king · Absolute monarch · Built a fortress around the county · Ruining the French economy with excessive taxation · Endless wars