Can you describe the Elizabethan society in the divine right monarchy to rule subjects?I need to know all aspects of the divine right of the monarchy to rule subjects, and what kind of things...

Can you describe the Elizabethan society in the divine right monarchy to rule subjects?

I need to know all aspects of the divine right of the monarchy to rule subjects, and what kind of things happened...etc.

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In 1559, Elizabeth became queen of England and the religious milieu of England was divided on all fronts. There were Catholics and Protestants. There were many theological differences, which lead to persecution and war.

When it came to the topic of the divine right to rule, there was also division, which made the situation complex. For instance, John Knox the Scottish Reformer wrote a tract attacking women leaders. The work was called: The First Blast of the Monstrous Regiment of Women. So, some people did not favor the rule of women, not so much the idea of monarchy.However, I would say that was the minority voice.

Most people by this time had a strong understanding of monarchy and they were comfortable with it. First, this was due to tradition - there were always monarchs, as far as they were concerned. Second, there were biblical example of good monarchs, such as King David. More importantly, New Testament passages such as Romans 13 spoke of how the church should obey earthly rulers, because these rulers were set up by God. In short, most of the people looked up to Elizabeth as God's appointed person to rule England.

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