Essay On Absolute Monarchy

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Absolute Monarchy in France
Morgan E.L. Logan
Regent University

Absolute Monarchy as defined by the Oxford Dictionary is a “monarchy that is not limited or restrained by laws or a constitution” (What is Absolute Monarchy, n.d.). Furthermore, the Cambridge Dictionary refers to absolute monarchy as a form of government where “the monarch exercise ultimate governing authority as head of state and head of government, thus wielding political power over the sovereign state and its subject people” (What is Absolute Monarchy, n.d.). Absolute monarchy or absolutism is not the best form of governing for a state. This is seen in France when the French kings let the power take over their control and believe they were nominated by God. In France, absolute monarchy was not for the good of the people, and for God and faith, rather it was for whatever was in the best interest of the king at the time. In 1516, the Concordat of Bologna was issued by the Pope. This was devastating news for the French Catholic Church. This meant the French king had more power over the church (Absolutism in
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With French rulers believing they had all the power and majesty of God, they continuously failed their people by letting their egotistical ways interfere. Bossuet argues that kings must provide for their people; however it is seen as more of a dictation when they people are told what religion to follow and have no say in their government as under the ruling of an absolute monarchy. Bossuet firmly believes that kings are equal to the people in terms of following the laws, however, unlike the people they are not subject to the consequences of the laws, but have the final say in the laws (J.-B. Bossuett, 1834). This leads to their endless reign of dictation without representation as seen in Jean-Baptiste Colbert’s instructions for commissioners who were sent into
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