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How and why did the theoretical bases of monarchy, republicanism and resistance change?

By Marcus Wells - History Student @ St Peter's College, Oxford


Early Modern Europe experienced multiple changes in the theorisation of monarchy, arising from a number of factors. Writing on monarchy in the fifteenth century, conditioned by crises and the rise of Humanism, generally defended absolutism. Monarchical consolidation in the next century, influenced by greater classical study, led to a re