[orthodox-synod] Re: Any monarchy
- It is the legal theory that the monarch is the embodiment of the law: "The
king can do no wrong." Indeed, even in republican America, that
"sovereign right" (of a city or state) can been seen in the "right of
Hence, when His Brittanic Majesty, King Charles I, was put on trial by the
people, he was quite right to refuse to answer their charges. "Tell me by
what right you try me," he said, "and I shall answer."
They told him the crown was elective.
He answered: "The crown has been granted by the grace of God, for more than
a thousand years."
He was right. They were wrong. They still tried him and executed him.
I can only think of one noble family in Britain which claims "divine right."
The family of Marr. The Countess of Marr, Joanna, is styled "Joanna, by
the Grace of God, Countess of Marr." That is because the counts of Marr
hold a title which preceeds the crown. It is held from God, not from the
And, then, too, since Ireland has been referenced, together with a reference
to the Norman kings, let me just note that: Pope Adrian IV gave Ireland
as a papal fief to my ancestor, King Henry, II. (Both my mother and my
father are descendants of a bastard of Henry's son, King John.) With
reference to the cause for this gift: Dr. Vladimir Moss and I were agreed,
a year of so ago, on this List, that Pope Adrian made the gift of Ireland to
Henry, because he wished to enforce papal obedience.
Henry, and an English army, was the weapon against Irish deviation.
It is one of the ironies of history that the Irish, having been given as a
gift to Henry and the (damned) English, would come to cling to the pope, not
as a slave to his/her master, but as a saviour. English racism and the
oppressions brought on by protestantism are only partially to blame for that
I like to say to the Irish (forgive me, Father Ambrose!): "My family used to
own your family. The pope gave you to us."
A little Celtic humor, there.