HWA – 10xEN2 – Attitudes towards kings

Hi everyone,

Please do some research on the attitude towards kings in Shakespeare’s time. Answer the following questions:

1. What is the ‘divine right of kings’?
2. What would James I have thought about Macbeth’s plan to kill King Duncan?

[3. Challenge – do you think Shakespeare is being subversive?]

Answers on the blog or in rough books by tomorrow’s lesson please.

Miss Walsh

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15 thoughts on “HWA – 10xEN2 – Attitudes towards kings

  1. alex cope

    1) the doctrine that kings derive their authority from God not their subjects, from which it follows that rebellion is the worst of political crimes. It was enunciated in Britain in the 16th and 17th centuries under the Stuarts and is also associated with the absolutism of Louis XIV of Franc

    2) if u was king james the 1st king of england and scotland and i was watching a play about killing the king i would feel threatened and worried that maby shakepeare would try to kill me and i would not let the play happen

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    1. hwalshdartmouth Post author

      Thanks for posting this so quickly Alex – please remember to use full stops and capital letters for your answer to Question 2.

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  2. Elliot

    1. The divine right of kings, or divine-right theory of kingship, is a political and religious doctrine of royal and political legitimacy.
    2.i think that king james would think twice who he would make a thane or a nobleman.

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    1. hwalshdartmouth Post author

      I like your response to Question 2 but it is too short – you need to explain why James I would think twice.

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  3. Josh s

    1)The Divine Right of Kings is a political and religious doctrine of royal absolutism. It asserts that a monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving his right to rule directly from the will of God. The king is thus not subject to the will of his people, the aristocracy, or any other estate of the realm, including the church. The doctrine implies that any attempt to depose the king or to restrict his powers runs contrary to the will of God and may constitute treason.

    2) James I would have thought that it was a disrespectful thing to do and that if anyone would try to do it to him he would punish them greatly. On the other hand it also probably made him paranoid that it could possibly happen to him and it may lead to his death.

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    1. hwalshdartmouth Post author

      Accurate answers Josh although I’m not convinced your first answer is in your own words.

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  4. Georgia Lumley

    1) This was the belief that the power of monarchs was given directly by God, and thus monarchs were answerable only to God. Any opposition to the King was an attack on God himself, and therefore sacrilege, the most heinous of sins.

    2) I think James I would be very apprehensive on who he made a Thane. He may not trust people so easily after thinking about Macbeth’s plan to kill King Duncan. He is probably more careful after hearing this news.

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    1. hwalshdartmouth Post author

      Good answers Georgia – I particularly like the word ‘heinous’. It is a good word to use in this context. Can you think of another word which has a similar meaning to ‘heinous’?

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  5. Sarah M.P.

    1) The Divine right of Kings is a political and religious teaching of royal dynasty. It claims that a ruler is subject to no earthly command, gaining his right to rule directly from the will of God. The king then is not native to the will of his people. The command involves that any strive to overthrow the king or to limit his powers runs opposite to the will God and may add up to treason.

    2) I believe James I would be very aware of what Macbeth is capable of achieving. However, if Macbeth does not accomplish killing King Duncan and thinks more about the consequences he might face, if he gets captured, then james I, I think would respect him for thinking it over, but still be alert. On the other hand, if he does kill Duncan, then James 1 would feel disappointed and would arrest Macbeth, just in case he hasn’t kept any other plans to murder other kings.

    3) I think, when Shakespear creates the story of Macbeth, that it is very subversive because it is as if Shakespear is reaching outside of his comfort zone, by overthinking the cause of elimination. He wants the characters to have different personalities toward each other such as Lady Macbeth who has a two-faced personality for example in public, portray’s that she is loving and generous, however, secretely begins to show her dark side and evilness.

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    1. hwalshdartmouth Post author

      Well done for attempting the extra question Sarah. In your answer to Question 2, remember that Macbeth is a fictional character so James I wouldn’t be able to arrest him.

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  6. ryan b

    1) The divine right of kings is a political and religious doctrine of royal and political legitimacy. It asserts that a monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving the right to rule directly from the will of God.

    2) I think that king that king James would be very annoyed with William Shakespeare and then would be very suspicious of his nobleman.

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    1. hwalshdartmouth Post author

      These are clear answers Ryan but the second one, in particular, is a bit short – can you explain in slightly more detail why James I would be annoyed with Shakespeare?

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  7. connagh

    1.The divine right of kings, or divine-right theory of kingship, is a political and religious doctrine of royal and political legitimacy.

    2. i believe that king james would be very suspicious of the thanes he would already have or thinking of promoting to thane. so this would lead king james to be a paranoid man, or he could thank shakespeare so now that he can be wary to thanes and that shakespeare has ‘opened his eyes’ so king james is more careful with the people he trusts.

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  8. Connor

    The doctrine that kings derive their authority from God not their subjects, from which it follows that rebellion is the worst of political crimes.

    I think James I would be quite angry at Shakespeare and I think that King James I wouldn’t want to trust anyone after seeing the ‘Macbeth’ play.

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  9. william cheong

    Q1) The divine right of kings is a political and religious doctrine of royal and political legitimacy. It asserts that a monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving his right to rule directly from the will of God. The king is thus not subject to the will of his people, the aristocracy, or any other estate of the realm, including (in the view of some, especially in Protestant countries) the Church. According to this doctrine, since only God can judge an unjust king, the king can do no wrong. The doctrine implies that any attempt to depose the king or to restrict his powers runs contrary to the will of God and may constitute sacrilegious act.
    Q2)I think when the king James I readed the story, then I think he was very angry and I think had a bit worry would had someone to kill him. So I think he will kill Shakespeare. Because I think this story is Shakespeare wanted more people to join in his group, then assassination the king James I.
    Q3) yes I think so. Because maybe in the real life had some people is like Macbeth, work hard for the king James I. But I think now those people change their idea to become King James I.

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