Absolute Monarchy In The 17th Century Essay

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Shanti Gurung History 101 Final Exam Professor Montague 12/06/2015 1. As some 16th and 17th c. leaders sought to strengthen their control over both the legislative and administrative machinery of their respective kingdoms, others witnessed the destruction of absolutism as their principle governing philosophy. What obstacles did English royalty face in their effort to establish an absolute monarchy in the early decades of the 17th century? (Hint: Remember the tactics monarchs employed to achieve absolutism.) One of the most prominent examples of resistance to absolute monarchy came, in England, where King and Parliament struggled to determine the roles each should play in governing England (Duiker 2013). After the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603, the Stuart line of rulers was inaugurated with the accession to the throne of Elizabeth’s cousin, King James VI of Scotland. James I (1603-1625) espoused the divine right of kings, a viewpoint that alienated Parliament, which had grown accustomed under previous rulers to act on the premise that monarch and Parliament together ruled England as balanced polity (Duiker 2013). The Puritans were alienated by the king as well, which wasn’t a wise decision. The Puritans were the Protestants within the Anglican …show more content…

The central policy making machinery of government was part of his own court and household, which was the key to Louis’s power (Duiker 2013). Louis XIV knew that the greatest danger of making personal rules came from the very high nobles and princes of the blood, who considered it their natural role to assert policy making role of royal ministers. Louis eliminated this threat by removing them from the royal council, the chief administrative body of the king, and enticing to his court at Versailles, where he could keep them preoccupied with court life and out of

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