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The Age of Absolutism refers to the European history that comprises from the sixteenth century to the end of the eighteenth century. The key element of Absolutism is having the national government solely in the hands of one person, the monarch. At the beginning, Absolutism appeared as a solution to the violent disorders and crises Europe was facing during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Furthermore, those who supported Absolutism justified the kingship by arguing that the king ruled by the will of God; “God establishes king as his ministers, and reigns through them over the peoples” (document 26, page 135). Anyone who opposed the king constituted rebellion against God itself because “the Prince [was] the minister of God” (document 26, page 135). Therefore, “the person of the king [was] sacred, and that it [was] a sacrilege to attack him” (document 26, page 135). Moreover, those who practice Absolutism claimed that God’s purpose in instituting an absolute, centralized monarchy was to protect and guide society; God instituted the kings for the welfare of the people. For that r…
 
 
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