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Homework: 1. Read the quotes and decide if they AGREE with Divine Right or DISAGREE with Divine Right. 2. What was James’ opinion of Kings? What was John Seldon’s opinion? How do they differ from each other? What would Charles’ opinion of kings be? 3. Do you think people like the King and Seldon would ever agree about the role of a king? 4. Both James and Charles needed Parliament’s support to get money. Would this have been easy or difficult? Look at the cartoon to help you.

‘Kings are not only God’s lieutenants upon earth and sit upon

God’s throne, but even by God himself they are called gods.’

From the Works of James 1st, 1616.


king is a thing men have made for their own sakes, for quietnes’ sake. Just as in a family one man is appointed to buy the meat’,

John Seldon, Member of Parliament.

‘James meant that members (of Parliament) should shut up and do what they were told. After all, they would not argue with God. So James thought that anyone who argued with him was a traitor.’

‘Learn to know and love God … (because) he made you a little God, to sit on his Throne, and rule over men.’

James 1st, a letter to his son, Charles.

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