There are two important points to the Divine Right of Kings.
Kings received their power from God
Kings were answerable only
The second point is subtle
, but very
important. It meant that the King was answerable to no authority, religious
. So, even if a ruler was 'bad', it was no man's place to question this - if God wanted him out, He would do it on His own terms
- also called 'death'.
Also, this gave the King Legitimacy
. Deposing a king was akin to defying God
- and who would be daring enough to follow the damned?