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Now it has learned how Washington works: you can't have too many lawyers, senators rule by divine right, and if a politician calls for change, he expects you to empty your pockets.
1600: Charles I, who believed the King ruled by Divine Right but lost his head after the Civil War, was born at Dunfermline Palace in Scotland.
Moreover, her examination of the Sun King's role as ruler by divine right extends to the complex world of the king's diplomats and ambassadors as mediators of the crown who transmitted and represented his power and authority.
Therein lies the key difference which separates the rule by divine right of Louis XIV from that of James I.
Coun Gerry Keating, chairman of the constitutional committee which agreed the change, said: "The aim is to end the system whereby the majority party holds the office as if by divine right and get the best person for the job.
While attorneys are there to protect a company's interest, do not assume that an attorney is, by divine right, capable of creating prose designed to win customers and keep them.
He claimed that he was king by divine right, called Gregory "not [the] pope, but a false monk," and tried to rally his bishops for a counterattack.
Rule by divine right cannot be exercised except by clergymen, either directly or indirectly, which would certainly lead to the collapse of national unity in Egypt.