The Divine Right of Kings: 6

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The idea of 'microcosms'

All three of James's arguments involve the idea of 'macrocosms' and 'microcosms', the hierarchies of creation in which the small scale reproduces the large in miniature: God, the king, and the father are like concentric circles of authority on greater and smaller scales. Writers also talked of the lion being king of the jungle, and noted that beehives were monarchical. Thus, monarchy belonged to the divine natural order of things.


3. How do you think James would have explained the existence of other kinds of regime besides monarchies, like aristocracies and republics?