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21 European Absolutism
Need: Feudalism’s decline became European monarchs’ delight. Just divine, thought they! Can one be enlightened and be a monarchist? Plenty were. Just lining their own pockets or are there advantages in the system of government called monarchy, which outweigh disadvantages? Of course with King Democracy ruling today, we must discreetly consider this lest we end up as persona non grata!
Content List: Spain’s Empire; Philip II of Spain; Louis XIV- the Original Sunny Boy; Maria Theresa the Dutiful; Peter the Great; The English Bill of Rights; Thirty Years War; Un-English Uncivil War; Treason? Oliver Cromwell’s Stab; Willem (of Orange) Hendrik; Power to the People’s King? Absolutely!
Discussion: A lot!!! Control without limitations? If limitations, who is left as the real pants wearer?