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The institution of kingship has been fairly widespread globally from ancient times, through the medieval period, and into the contemporary era. The biblical and Greco-Roman worlds and the great dynasties of Egypt were characterized by a succession of kings, emperors, and queens who made their mark in history. Many of these monarchies were sacral in character.

Indeed, the link between religion and governance has a long history, and the link is especially evident when governance is perceived as leadership, as illustrated by the concept of the “divine right” of kings, which was to gain currency in the history of Europe. Thus, some previous and existing forms of political power are dependent on structured belief systems. The institution of divine kingship is one extreme manifestation of the ...

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