The theory that the monarch is supreme and can exercise full and complete power unilaterally.
(1625-1649) - Stuart king who brought conflict with Parliament to a head and was subsequently executed.
(1619-1683) - The financial minister under the French king Louis XIV who promoted mercantilist policies.
The theory that power should be shared between rulers and their subjects and the state governed according to laws.
(1559-1658) - The principal leader and a gentry member of the Puritans in Parliament.
Diggers and Levellers
Radical groups in England in the 1650s who called for the abolition of private ownership and extension of the franchise.
Divine right monarchy
he belief that a monarch's power derives from God and represents Him on earth.
Frederick the Great
(1740-1786) - The Prussian ruler who expanded his territory by invading the duchy of Silesia and defeating Maria Theresa of Austria.
(1640-1688) - The "Great Elector," who built a strong Prussian army and infused military values into Prussian society.
The style in seventeenth-century art and literature resembling the arts in the ancient world and in the Renaissance-e.g., the works of Poussin, Moliere, and Racine.
A reference to the political events of 1688-1689, when James II abdicated his throne and was replaced by his daughter Mary and her husband, Prince William of Orange.
The legal protection that prohibits the imprisonment of a subject without demonstrated cause.
(1588-1679) - Political theorist advocating absolute monarchy based on his concept of an anarchic state of nature.
The period of Cromwellian rule (1649-1659), between the Stuart dynastic rules of Charles I and Charles II.
(1603-1625 - Stuart monarch who ignored constitutional principles and asserted the divine right of kings.
1685-1688 - Final Stuart ruler; he was forced to abdicate in favor of William and Mary, who agreed to the Bill of Rights, guaranteeing parliamentary supremacy.
(1632-1704 - Political theorist who defended the Glorious Revolution with the argument that all people are born with certain natural rights to life, liberty, and property.
(1643-1715 - Also known as the "Sun King"; the ruler of France who established the supremacy of absolutism in seventeenth-century Europe.
(1740-1780) - Archduchess of Austria, queen of Hungary, who lost the Hapsburg possession of Silesia to Frederick the Great but was able to keep her other Austrian territories.
Governmental policies by which the state regulates the economy, through taxes, tariffs, subsidies, laws.
New Model Army
The disciplined fighting force of Protestants led by Oliver Cromwell in the English civil war.
Peace of Utrecht
(1713 - The pact concluding the War of the Spanish Succession, forbidding the union of France with Spain, and conferring control of Gibraltar on England.
Peter the Great
(1682-1725 - The Romanov czar who initiated the westernization of Russian society by traveling to the West and incorporating techniques of manufacturing as well as manners and dress.
Petition of Right
(1628) - Parliamentary document that restricted the king's power. Most notably, it called for recognition of the writ of habeas corpus and held that only Parliament could impose new taxes.
-A reference to the English civil war (1642-1646), waged to determine whether sovereignty would reside in the monarch or in Parliament.
Protestant sect in England hoping to "purify" the Anglican church of Roman Catholic traces in practice and organization.
The return of the Stuart monarchy (1660) after the period of republican government under Cromwell-in fact, a military dictatorship.
Palace constructed by Louis XIV outside of Paris to glorify his rule and subdue the nobility.
War of the Spanish Succession
(1701-1713 - The last of Louis XIV's wars involving the issue of succession to the Spanish throne.