A Conversation for The Bourgeoisie - How Democracy Was Born
Divine Right of Kings?
jdjdjd Started conversation Apr 27, 2004
A King's divine right to rule was a bit of a myth that built slowly but wasn't really respected by ambitious nobles, as Harold II, Stephen, Richard II, Henry VI, Edward V and Richard III all found out in England. The change in attitudes represented by the bourgoisie was that political influence could be gained by *money* rather than prowess in battle.
In France, the monarchy tried to limit the danger by creating a different class of nobility for money and so incorporating the most powerful merchants into their system (this was considered inferior to the nobility of knights).
Didn't work though. Just encouraged merchants to make more money to climb the ladder of social class.
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